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    Hi,


    I know a guy, whose mother is a veggie seller, is looking for a job.


    Is the sentence construction correct?


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    Quote Originally Posted by rita_b View Post
    I know a guy, whose mother is a veggie seller, is looking for a job.

    Is the sentence construction correct? No
    If you leave out the non-defining clause, you end up with the clearly incorrect: I know a guy is looking for a job.

    It needs to be: I know a guy who is looking for a job.

    So, the full sentence needs to be: I know a guy, whose mother is a veggie seller, who is looking for a job.

    It seems rather an odd sentence - why should the fact that his mother sells vegetables be of interest when we are talking about a man who is looking for a job?

    'Veggie seller' is not a term that I think many people would use? Did you consider 'greengrocer'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    If you leave out the non-defining clause, you end up with the clearly incorrect: I know a guy is looking for a job.

    It needs to be: I know a guy who is looking for a job.

    So, the full sentence needs to be: I know a guy, whose mother is a veggie seller, who is looking for a job.

    It seems rather an odd sentence - why should the fact that his mother sells vegetables be of interest when we are talking about a man who is looking for a job?

    'Veggie seller' is not a term that I think many people would use? Did you consider 'greengrocer'?
    In India the people who sell vegetables in the street are called "vegetable sellers". It's possible that his mother's occupation would be relevant, it could be to do with cast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It's possible that his mother's occupation would be relevant, it could be to do with cast.
    Caste?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Caste?
    Yes, sorry, caste.

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    it is nothing with the caste...

    actually i want to refer this guy's name to my ex-boss. he is doing his graduation and looking for a job badly. i want to mention "his maa is a veg seller" just to show that he is really needy and want a job.

    in india we do not consider caste while selecting a candidate.

    i think if i write like this it would be more appropriate.

    " i know a guy who is looking for a job badly. he is doing b.com from calcutta university and his mother is a veg seller". --------HOW ABOUT IT?

    please advise

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    Quote Originally Posted by rita_b View Post
    it is nothing with the caste...

    actually i want to refer this guy's name to my ex-boss. he is doing his graduation and looking for a job badly. i want to mention "his maa is a veg seller" just to show that he is really needy and wants a job.

    in india we do not consider caste while selecting a candidate.

    i think if i write like this it would be more appropriate.

    " i know a guy who is looking for a job badly. he is doing b.com from calcutta university and his mother is a veg seller".
    Rita, please use capital letters when appropriate.

    It's not easy to combine two such different thoughts in one sentence. I think I'd say something like; I know someone who is doing a BCom at Calcutta University. He needs a job badly as his mother is a veg seller.

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