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We Want YOU ... to Understand Restrictive/Nonrestrictive Clauses

Posted by Terri Porter   Jul 2, 2015 6:30:00 AM

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

In the spirit of Independence Day, freedom and such, this first sentence of the Declaration of Independence provides a springboard for a timely discussion of restrictive versus nonrestrictive clauses.

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Topics: nonrestrictive clauses, that vs. which, essential clauses, clauses, restrictive clauses

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