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“Fools that they are”

I have a question about the interposition “fools that they are” in the following: “Fools that they are, they never knew thy guiltless pride, thy true spirit.” Using Google’s Ngram Viewer, I found ...
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What does a restrictive phrase limit the meaning of?

Is there a surefire way to work out what a restrictive (essential) phrase "limits" (I've seen this word in this context) the meaning of? Here e.g. it limits the word that precedes it: My sister ...
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Comma before “which” and after “unable to do so”

I'm having trouble deciding if "I estimate to be $10,000.00" is a non-restrictive or restrictive phrase, and therefore the need for a comma surrounding this phrase. In addition, is a comma required ...
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Restrictive and Nonrestrictive Clause Question

I realize that American authors typically use "which" in nonrestrictive clauses, and "that" in restrictive clauses. But I frequently have a problem deciding whether to make a clause restrictive or non-...
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defining vs. non-defining relative elements

I know the internet fundamentals of subject but the following sentence has me confused. Additionally, guidelines are prepared that will guide the user through the phases of the automation project....
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Comma here? “The store is impressive, yet thoughtful, and it feels like home”

"The store is impressive, yet thoughtful, and it feels like home." or "The store is impressive yet thoughtful, and it feels like home." I'm not sure because it's qualifying something and seems "...
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Implicit “that/which is/are” in nonrestrictive relative clause

Is it grammatically correct to leave off "that is" or "which is" in a nonrestrictive relative clause? Is there a term for this? Is this actually a different phenomenon? It (sometimes?) seems to apply ...
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When used in a nonrestrictive clause, does “which” have to be the first word?

I understand that “that” is used for restrictive clauses, and that “which” is used for nonrestrictive clauses. However, I’m unsure if the placement of “which” in a nonrestrictive clause changes the ...
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Can “ comma + and” be part of a non-restrictive clause?

Companies have competed with each other, providing better services, and have done so, while keeping costs low. Is the sentence above correct? I know that when there is a "comma + one of the FANBOYS" ...
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Is there a comma required in this sentence?

Consider the following. He participated in one of the most challenging swimming competitions SwimFest-X in countryname-Y, which facilitated his success in Z. or should there be a comma before ...
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Non-restrictive phrases are inessential, but are they nonarbitrary?

I need help understanding 'restrictive' phrases. It's well known that non-restrictive phrases are inessential to the meaning of the sentence because they do not limit the reference of a word or ...
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Are all the commas and semicolons really necessary in 'My mother, Martha; my father, Jesse; and my daughter, Amy, will be there'?

Are all the commas and semicolons really needed in: 'My mother, Martha; my father, Jesse; and my daughter, Amy, will be there'? In this sentence I have only one father, only one mother and only one ...