A Comparative Study of “as” and “Which” in Non-Restrictive Relative Clauses


Both “as” and “which” can introduce a non-restrictive relative clause. But each of them has its own particular function in meaning, part of speech and sentence structure. Therefore sometimes they can have similar usage in a certain situation, while most often they are quite different and can not be used alternatively.

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Wang, J. and Tang, J. (2013) A Comparative Study of “as” and “Which” in Non-Restrictive Relative Clauses. Open Journal of Modern Linguistics, 3, 356-359. doi: 10.4236/ojml.2013.34046.

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