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Tara2
Posted: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 7:16:22 AM

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How should this be a defining clause? How does "who had committed criminal offences" add information to the sentence?



The police arrested three youngsters who had committed criminal offences.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 10:13:03 AM

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I would guess that the police went out to arrest specifically "people who had committed offences".
They don't go round randomly arresting teenagers (not often anyway!)

It's not an irrelevant parenthetic bit of data.
It doesn't really make sense like this:
The police arrested three youngsters (who, by an odd coincidence, had committed crimes).

I'd say it was a restrictive clause.
Tara2
Posted: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 10:40:03 AM

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Drag0nspeaker wrote:
I would guess that the police went out to arrest specifically "people who had committed offences".
They don't go round randomly arresting teenagers (not often anyway!)

It's not an irrelevant parenthetic bit of data.
It doesn't really make sense like this:
The police arrested three youngsters (who, by an odd coincidence, had committed crimes).

I'd say it was a restrictive clause.

Many thanks Drago!
But isn't it redundant? Since it's very clear that those three youngsters committed offences, it's redundant and the clause is non-definig, no?
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