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non-defining relative clause

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  • e2e4
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    16 October, 2010 at 11:14
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    Which of these two are correct?

    Lucy’s friend Mary, who is very good person, is a friend of mine, as well.
    Lucy’s friend Mary, who is a very good person, is a friend of mine, as well.

    Do we really need the indefinite article in such case of the non-defining relative clause?

    Thanks

    tinyteflteacher
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    17 October, 2010 at 11:48
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    Reply To: _,a

    Yes! The non-defining relative clause still follows the same grammar rules as other clauses.
    So the correct sentence is:
    Lucy’s friend Mary, who is a very good person, is a friend of mine as well.
    (the comma before ‘as well’ is unnecessary, unless you really want to show a pause).

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