Non-restrictive clauses / Correct comma use

I’m not sure which of these sentences is best: ‘There are a large number of alternative, sometimes dangerous interventions being performed on children with ASD.’ ‘There are a large number of alternative and sometimes dangerous interventions being performed on children with ASD.’ ‘There are a large number of alternative, and sometimes dangerous, interventions being performed … Read more

Does this comma matter?

Commas always trip me up. I feel that I use them far too often, and I most likely do. Can anyone set my mind at ease in regards to the following sentence: Neutrogena is a family-oriented brand producing a large array of health and beauty products, such as acne wash, hair treatments, and sunscreen. The … Read more

My understanding about the non-restrictive use of the relative clause in a partcular sentence

Almost every chinese who works at an iPhone manifacture in China usually uses a china-produced phone, which is way cheaper. I just want to make sure if my understanding especially about the non-restrictive use of the relative clause in the sentence above is correct. What I understand about it is “china-produced phones are generally (or … Read more

Am I correct in describing this as both a subordinate clause and a restrictive clause?

In this sentence – Today I am starting a diet, but first I will eat all the children’s chocolate they have leftover from Easter. Is but first I will eat etc a subordinate clause that contains the restrictive clause the children’s chocolate they have left over from Easter Thank you in advance! Answer Thae description … Read more

Omitting/Defining a restrictive clause

When I have to decide whether a clause is restrictive/non-restrictive I typically figure out whether the information in the restrictive clause is, in my opinion, necessary. Is this correct or is the fundamental definition that the sentence would grammatically be incomplete without the restrictive clause. I saw some examples where the sentence would be complete … Read more

Omission of Non-Restrictive “Which Is”

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. The above line is cited from the article on Mozart in Wikipedia. As all English learners learned, the non-restrictive phrase “which is (was)” or “who is (was)” must be always left. In this line, however, … Read more

Which word does the “which” in this sentence point to?

The wide grip that many people use slackens the back muscles, which provide crucial support for the weight and transfers the load to the spine. Does “which” in the above sentence point to “back muscles” or “the wide grip”? Without the commas, does the meaning change? Answer ‘which’ in this sentence refers to the back … Read more

Restrictive Clause vs. Non Restrictive Clause

Consider the following example: To add to the confusion, every New Year’s Day a person, according to this Korean counting system, becomes a year older, regardless of his or her actual birthday. This clause is restrictive as “his or her” refers to “person”. So, then why is there a comma? Answer You can remove “, … Read more

Is this prepositional phrase a ‘predicative adjunct’?

The class was composed of thirty students, including Jonathan and Kelly. In this sentence, the prepositional phrase ‘including Jonathan and Kelly’ is a non-restrictive element in the clause structure (a supplementary adjunct). It does not modify ‘thirty students’ but provides additional information about them. Can we call this a predicative adjunct? I am familiar with … Read more