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We need help with the restrictive rule

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Parliament thought that they should control the Colonists by limiting their freedoms which mean that the Parliament only let the Colonists do certain things.
asked Oct 04 '13 at 20:46 MacKenzie New member

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A restrictive clause is necessary to identify the word it modifies and isn't set off by commas.  Your clause is non restrictive because it is only offering a further explanation. The main clause makes sense without the addition. This means that it should be set off with a comma. You need an 's' on 'means'.

 

Parliament thought that they should control the Colonists by limiting their freedoms, which means that the Parliament only let the Colonists do certain things.

 

I would also argue that using 'limiting' is a negative function - taking away something, but your clause is a positive function, even with the use of 'only'. Make them both use the same function. I'm not certain that 'limiting their freedoms' actually needs any further explanation, however, and the sentence could end after 'freedoms'.

 

Parliament thought that they should control the Colonists by limiting their freedoms, which means that the Parliament restricted what the Colonists could do.

link comment answered Oct 05 '13 at 11:31 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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