[Grammar] Restrictive clause?

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rambharosey

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They prayed with the hope that things would turn normal.

"that" is modifying "hope" here, and so, "that things would turn normal" is clearly an Adjective clause. I also read that Adjective clauses are of two types: Restrictive and non-restrictive. Also, "that" starts a "restrictive clause".

But in the above sentence, I can't really see how "that" is being used as "restrictive clause". Please clarify.
 

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It is a very special kind of adjectival clause, but one which complements rather than modifies its antecedent, and which is introduced by a conjunction (that), not a relative pronoun. It is functionally akin to the nominal relative clause (e.g. 'that...drunk' in the The fact that he is drunk is no excuse).

The restrictive vs. nonrestrictive distiction to which you refer is generally reserved for the more "typical" relative clause and thus not really applicable here.
 
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