Defining and non defining relative clause

The girl who is near the door is OYANA
OYANA, who is very young, lives near my house.
OYANA, who is very young, is my neighbor.

Defining: The girl who is wearing a blue T-Shirt is my student.
None defining: Mengue, who is very tall, work in the hospital.



  • A defining relative clause gives important information necessary for the meaning of the sentence. We do not put any commas
    Example: The woman who is in the centre of the photograph is Aunt Bella
  • A non-defining clause does not bring necessary information to the sentence. Because we can take that section of the sentence off and we still get the meaning of the sentence, we separate that part with commas.
    Ex: Aunt Bella, who is very pretty, studied in London