With defining relative clauses, there is a different word order according to the status of the relative pronoun in the sentence (that is, it can be either the subject or the object of the relative clause).

  1. The relative pronoun is the subject. The word order is --> subject + verb + object

  2. The relative pronoun is the object. The word order is --> object + subject + verb

Does this rule apply to the non-defining relative clauses as well? Or is there any other rule to follow?

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There doesn’t seem to be any difference between the word order in defining and non-defining relative clauses, as these examples suggest:

Defining, relative pronoun as subject: This is the man who built the house. (SVO)

Defining, relative pronoun as object: This is the man whom I love. (OVS)

Non-defining, relative pronoun as subject: Jack, who is 32 next month, built that house. (SVO)

Non-defining, relative pronoun as object: Jack, whom my sister married three years ago, built that house. (OVS)

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