A question about reduced relative clauses.

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Hello, teachers. I have a question about reduced relative clauses.

 

I know that we can reduce 'who verbs' to 'verbing' in defining relative clauses. For example, 

 

We are looking for people who speak English well.

 

We are looking for people speaking English well.

 

However, I was wondering if we also could reduce 'who verbs' to 'verbing' in non-defining relative clauses. For example,

 

Tom, who speaks English well, will be hired.

 

Tom, speaking English well, will be hired.

 

Although by tradtional grammar, it would be wrong, but I feel like it is also possible and nowadays we can see many sentences written like that. And language chagnes so it would be possible to some people or in some places. What do experts think about it? Thank you so much as usual and I really hope to hear from you.

edited Aug 26 '12 at 07:44 Hans Contributor

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  To me, these two sentences seem to be fine.

We are looking for people who speak English well.

Tom, who speaks English well, will be hired.

link comment answered Aug 26 '12 at 15:08 sanjay Expert

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