Re: Message from Internet

Subject: Re: Message from Internet
From: "Brad Barnes (T)" <blb -at- FORMTEK -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 5 Feb 1996 12:33:45 -0500

Karen,

Would you mind citing your source that states which can be both restrictive and non-restrictive? The sources I have read clearly make the distinction that which is non-restrictive, and that is restrictive. Also, are you using British or American English?

Brad Barnes


> -------------------- ORIGINAL MESSAGE TEXT --------------------
> > 1. The record description is a text entry which has no conditional
> > logic.
> >
> > 2. The record description is a text entry which does not have
> > conditional logic.

> If this is not a definition, as seems likely from the context, the sentence
> should be something like "The record description is a text entry. It
> contains no conditional logic."

> Both of your sentences are grammatically correct, but you need a comma
> before "which," because the clause is non-restrictive. ...RM

> Richard Mateosian http://www.c2.org/~srm/ President, Berkeley STC
> Freelance Technical Writer srm -at- c2 -dot- org Review Editor, IEEE Micro

> -------------------- END OF ORIGINAL MESSAGE --------------------


> Ah, but is it? "Which" can be correctly used in non-restrictive AND
> restrictive clauses (vs. "that," which is used only in restrictive
> clauses). Inserting a comma changes the implied meaning of the sentences.
> Take for example:

> The lawnmower which is in the garage is broken.
> (There's more than one lawnmower, and it's the one in the garage that
> we're talking about.)
> The lawnmower that is in the garage is broken.
> (Same meaning as the above example)
> The lawnmower, which is in the garage, is broken.
> (There may or may not be other lawnmowers. The fact that the broken
> one is in the garage is simply extra information -- the main point is
> that the lawnmower is broken.)

> -- karen


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