ACT Instructor Terri shows you how to use commas correctly with non-restrictive and restrictive clauses

ACT English Test, Comma Usage-Non-Restrictive/Restrictive Clauses

Today, I’m going to review two comma rules frequently tested on the ACT English test that have been a source of confusion for many of my students: comma usage on non-restrictive and restrictive clauses. Let’s clear it up so that you get these questions correct.

So, here’s a rule:

A non-restrictive clause is not essential to the meaning of the sentence, so it’s offset by commas (it’s not needed to identify the word it modifies; it’s simply additional information).

By contrast, here’s the rule for a restrictive clause:

A restrictive clause is essential for the understanding of the sentence; it’s not just additional information so commas are not required.

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Good luck.

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