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    Default commas

    1-His brother, John, is coming over for a visit.
    2-His brother John is coming over for a visit.

    Does 1 necessarily imply that he has only one brother?
    Does 2 necesssarilly imply that he has more than one brother?

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    Default Re: commas

    They imply that, yes. However, don't be surprised if people use the commas either way with either meaning.

    His [one] brother, [who, by the way is named] John,
    His brother John [as opposed to his brothers Paul, George, or Ringo] is..
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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