Can you reduce a non-restrictive relative clause?

Yes, I know that’s a question which has been keeping you up at night, but head on over to Cambridge’s Grammar and Beyond blog for my attempt at answering it. I’m not entirely sure I’ve got it quite right yet. While you’re there, you can play my new favorite game: find the sentence that faintly suggests the cover photo for the blog post!

My other recent posts there have been on there is/are and this/that/these/those, and they are equally riveting.

Author: Nigel Caplan

Nigel Caplan, Ph.D., is an associate professor of ESL and materials developer in Delaware, in the United States.

2 thoughts on “Can you reduce a non-restrictive relative clause?”

    1. Yes, that’s definitely a reduced non-restrictive clause in my book. If you head on over to the Cambridge blog link in my post, you’ll see the problem — when the clause has a nominal rather than clausal antecedent, it’s more tricky.

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