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    #1

    a mechanic, ie. someone who...

    Which are correct:

    1-He is a mechanic, ie. someone who repairs cars.
    2-He is a mechanic, someone who repairs cars.

    3-He is a mechanic, ie. someone who repairs cars, who decides to change his job.
    4-He is a mechanic, someone who repairs cars, who decides to change his job.

    5-He is a mechanic - someone who repairs cars - who decides to change his job.



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    #2

    Re: a mechanic, ie. someone who...

    The Latin abbreviation "i.e." is not "ie." I don't think its use is needed in such a simple statement. You are defining a term, not really expressing an idea in different terms.

    The use of dashes is not appropriate for a definition either.

    I would say "change jobs," not "change his job."

    So only sentence 2 is OK for me.

    You could also simplify things by stating "He is a car mechanic who decides to change jobs."

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    #3

    Re: a mechanic, ie. someone who...

    Thank you SoothingDave,

    Is 4 incorrect as well?

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    #4

    Re: a mechanic, ie. someone who...

    4 is OK, but wordy.

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