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    1-His new article about life in his hometown came out yesterday.
    2-His new article describing life in his hometown came out yesterday.

    In which case we do we have:
    a-He has necessarily written articles about life in his hometown before.
    and in which case:
    b-His new article is about life in his hometown but we don't know whether he has written about that before.

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    Re: new article

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    1-His new article about life in his hometown came out yesterday.
    2-His new article describing life in his hometown came out yesterday.

    In which case we do we have:
    a-He has necessarily written articles about life in his hometown before.
    and in which case:
    b-His new article is about life in his hometown but we don't know whether he has written about that before.
    Sorry, I can't make that differentiation based purely on "about" versus "describing".

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    #3
    The question was phrased very badly. I have to apologize.

    I think, and as usual, I am not sure, both sentences mean a, or else we would have a
    comma.

    1-1-His new article about life in his hometown came out yesterday.
    as opposed to:
    1'-His new article, about life in his hometown, came out yesterday.


    And:
    2-His new article describing life in his hometown came out yesterday.
    as opposed to:
    2'-His new article, describing life in his hometown, came out yesterday.


    It seems to me that in 1 and 2 he has written articles about (describing) his hometown before; while in 1' and 2' all we know is that his new article is about (describes) his hometown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    The question was phrased very badly. I have to apologize.

    I think, and as usual, I am not sure, both sentences mean a, or else we would have a
    comma.

    1-1-His new article about life in his hometown came out yesterday.
    as opposed to:
    1'-His new article, about life in his hometown, came out yesterday.


    And:
    2-His new article describing life in his hometown came out yesterday.
    as opposed to:
    2'-His new article, describing life in his hometown, came out yesterday.


    It seems to me that in 1 and 2 he has written articles about (describing) his hometown before; while in 1' and 2' all we know is that his new article is about (describes) his hometown.
    I see your point, but I would still hesitate to jump to that conclusion. In both cases, "his new article" might suggest that he has written about something before, but I'm not sure I would say that we know the previous subject in either case.

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    Thanks. I get it:
    Does the same apply to "wh" clauses? Is this sentence correct:
    1-His new wife who is a chain smoker coughs a lot.
    (Assuming he has only one new wife).

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    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    Thanks. I get it:
    Does the same apply to "wh" clauses? Is this sentence correct:
    1-His new wife who is a chain smoker coughs a lot.
    (Assuming he has only one new wife).
    Because there is usually one "new" wife, I would put that clause in commas.

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    Thanks a lot Mike. It was almost like talking to you. Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    Thanks a lot Mike. It was almost like talking to you. Cheers.
    I like talking to you, Navi. :wink:

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    So do I.
    (In my language that would mean I too like talking to myself! But I think in English, it has the meaning I want it to have here.)

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    #10
    • Mike: I like talking to you, Navi.
      Navi: I also like talking to you.


    If Navi says "So do I" it might indeed mean that Navi likes talking to Navi.

    :wink:

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