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    Default Relative pronouns

    My brother is a student. He lives in California.

    1) -> My brother is a student who lives in California.

    2) -> My brother who lives in California is a student.


    Are both 1) and 2) possible and have same meaning?

    Which sounds more natural to native speakers?

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    *Not a teacher

    Both are possible and both sound natural to me.

    1) My brother is a student who lives in California.

    2) My brother, who lives in California, is a student.

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    Default Re: Relative pronouns

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    My brother is a student. He lives in California.

    1) -> My brother is a student who lives in California.

    2) -> My brother who lives in California is a student.


    Are both 1) and 2) possible and have same meaning?

    Which sounds more natural to native speakers?
    Not a teacher.

    Your second sentence implies that you have more than one brother (by virtue of the fact that "who lives in California" was not set apart with commas from the rest of the sentence).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drear Pooson View Post
    Not a teacher.

    Your second sentence implies that you have more than one brother (by virtue of the fact that "who lives in California" was not set apart with commas from the rest of the sentence).
    then...

    1) My brother, who lives in California, is a student.

    2) My brother who lives in California is a student.

    How are the two sentences different?

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    Default Re: Relative pronouns

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    then...

    1) My brother, who lives in California, is a student.

    2) My brother who lives in California is a student.

    How are the two sentences different?
    I agree with Drear Pooson.

    1) My brother, who lives in California, is a student. - this sentence doesn't imply that you have another brother

    2) My brother who lives in California is a student. - this sentence implies that you have another brother



    Edit: Sorry Drear Pooson and wotcha, I had read Drear Pooson's answer completely wrong. I deleted my previous replies.
    Last edited by SirGod; 29-Apr-2011 at 07:36.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drear Pooson View Post
    We do not disagree on this point. Re-read my post, which was an answer to wotcha's original post.
    Yes, I am sorry. I misread your post. I edited my previous reply.

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    Default Re: Relative pronouns

    Wotcha, if you want to ask questions on similar topics, please distinguish them in your thread titles, even if it's only by number: 'Relative Pronouns 1', 'Relative Pronouns 2', etc. Otherwise we might think you are posting the same question more than once, and not bother to open your threads.

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Relative pronouns

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Wotcha, if you want to ask questions on similar topics, please distinguish them in your thread titles, even if it's only by number: 'Relative Pronouns 1', 'Relative Pronouns 2', etc. Otherwise we might think you are posting the same question more than once, and not bother to open your threads.

    Thanks.

    Yes

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