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    grammar enquiry

    Hallo to everybody,
    this is my first time contribute here in the discussion, my question is what is the difference between the following sentences, if any and what are they called linguistically?
    My friend, whose name is Tim, lives nearby.
    My friend whose name is Time lives nearby.

    thank you a lot.
    That was a question in a test I got recently.
    thank you.
    elozasro

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    Re: grammar enquiry

    Quote Originally Posted by elozasro View Post
    Hallo to everybody,
    this is my first time contribute here in the discussion, my question is what is the difference between the following sentences, if any and what are they called linguistically?
    My friend, whose name is Tim, lives nearby.
    My friend whose name is Time lives nearby.

    thank you a lot.
    That was a question in a test I got recently.
    thank you.
    elozasro
    The first contains a nonrestrictive relative clause. The speaker/writer considers this information to be unneccesary for the listener's/reader's understanding.

    The second contains a restrictive relative clause. In this case the information is considered necessary.

    The second is unlikely, because one would usually just say "My friend Tim" in that case.


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    Re: grammar enquiry

    Thank you very much indeed, and what do mean both sentences together ?
    My friend, whose name is Tim, lives nearby.

    My friend whose name is Tim lives nearby.

    is there any sense of it ?


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    Re: grammar enquiry

    1 I have one friend
    2 I am telling you which friend lives nearby


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    Re: grammar enquiry

    The first sentence contains a nonrestrative clause, while the second a restrative one.

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