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restrictive clause

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a relative clause that identifies the antecedent and that is usually not set off by commas in English. In The year that just ended was bad for crops, the clause that just ended is a restrictive clause.
Origin of restrictive clause
1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In addition, the restrictive clause regarding the quality of corn permitted for imports was dropped.
  • Use which to modify a remote antecedent in a restrictive clause.

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