With most children there are certain years of childhood, which every parent feels ought to free from the burden and responsibilities of the life.

In this sentence, why is a comma needed after 'childhood' making a nonrestrictive relative clause?

  • That is a good question. This sentence sounds very awkward to me, and I am not sure the "which" introduces a nonrestrictive relative clause. I am also not sure it is correct to separate "from" and "which" in this way. In addition, "free" is a transitive verb and I don't see a direct object here. Where did you find this sentence? – Mixolydian Feb 11 '19 at 3:30
  • The original sentence doesn't have a comma and the question is to corrent it grammatically. I wonder why it needs a comma to be grammatical. – Emma Feb 11 '19 at 4:24
  • It doesn't matter if there's a comma or not. It's ungrammatical at worst—and somewhat nonsensical at best. I don't know what's it's trying to convey in the first place. (Neither feels ought to free or responsibilities of the life make sense.) – Jason Bassford Feb 12 '19 at 22:02

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