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    (the) great writer + name

    What is the difference in meaning between the following two sentences?

    The great writer L. N. Tolstoy was born in Russia.
    Great writer L. N. Tolstoy was born in Russia. (Is this sentence acceptable?)

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    Re: (the) great writer + name

    Quote Originally Posted by Snappy View Post
    What is the difference in meaning between the following two sentences?

    The great writer L. N. Tolstoy was born in Russia.
    Great writer L. N. Tolstoy was born in Russia. (Is this sentence acceptable?)
    The first is better, you are referring to a particular great writer.

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    Re: (the) great writer + name

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    The first is better, you are referring to a particular great writer.
    What about these?:

    L. N. Tolstoy the great writer was born in Russia

    The great writer, L. N. Tolstoy, was born in Russia

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    Re: (the) great writer + name

    Quote Originally Posted by Snappy View Post
    What is the difference in meaning between the following two sentences?

    The great writer L. N. Tolstoy was born in Russia.
    Great writer L. N. Tolstoy was born in Russia. (Is this sentence acceptable?)
    ***NOT A TEACHER***Snappy: This is what THE NEW YORK TIMES tells its writers: (1) Only official titles can be placed first (President Washington), (2) "Pianist Jane Doe" is not acceptable, (3) If the person is famous, then it's OK if you use "the": "The pianist Jane Doe...." Therefore, since Mr. Tolstoy is very famous, you probably need to write: The great writer L. N. Tolstoy.....BUT: there is an exception to the rule. If you are talking about sports, then you can write: Giants coach John Doe....My source: The New York Times Style Guide, 1999. Thank you.

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    Re: (the) great writer + name

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    What about these?:

    L. N. Tolstoy, the great writer, was born in Russia

    The great writer, L. N. Tolstoy, was born in Russia

    Both are fine with the commas in the first one, they are not really necessary in the second.

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