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Can we use 'that' in a non-defining clauses?

Multiple scholarly sources agree that it is always incorrect to use the relative pronoun "that" to introduce a non-defining (also called non-restrictive) relative clause. The Purdue OWL ...
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Preposition and relative clause ‘in which’

Can you recommend the hotel in which I can stay? Grammatically correct. As I mentioned in a comment before I started writing this answer, you would be unlikely to say "THE hotel" as "...
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Preposition and relative clause ‘in which’

This is the box in which the book is kept is very old. That's not a grammatical sentence. Here are two possibilities: The box in which the book is kept is very old. This is the box in which the ...
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"That" and its relevance

Yes and no. It makes a slight difference but the end result is the same. The point of "that" is that it specifies. Let's take a simpler situation. Let's say I take you to buy a cupcake out ...
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I use the same books that my sister used. vs I used the books that my sister used

It is very common in English for "the book" to refer to an edition of a title released by a particular publisher, not to a physical copy. What anthology are you having your students buy ...
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I use the same books that my sister used. vs I used the books that my sister used

Both phrases are ambiguous because the noun ("same books") is ambiguous If we were talking about, say, your personal trainer, neither sentence would be ambiguous because people don't come in ...
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I use the same books that my sister used. vs I used the books that my sister used

To make it less ambiguous, stating, in effect, it was not the same physical, dog-eared volume, one might say, "I used the same edition of the book." On the other hand, to express the ...
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