Non-restrictive Clause

What Is a Non-restrictive Clause? (with Examples)

A non-restrictive clause is a clause which is not needed to identify the word it modifies, i.e., it is just additional information. As a non-restrictive clause is not essential to the meaning of a sentence, it is offset with commas. For example: Non-restrictive clauses contrast with restrictive clauses. Look at this example of a restrictive clause:

You are not limited to commas when offsetting a non-restrictive clause. You can parentheses (brackets) or dashes too.


Examples of Non-restrictive Clauses

Here are some more examples of non-restrictive clauses:

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