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    #1

    as I was not

    a. He was bound with strong emotional ties to our family as I was not.

    b. He was bound with strong emotional ties to our family, as I was not.

    Are both the above sentences acceptable?
    Does (a) mean 'He was bound with strong emotional ties to our family in a way that I was not'? Does (b) mean 'He was bound with strong emotional ties to our family, but I was not'?

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    Re: as I was not

    Hi Azz,

    Yes, I understand exactly that.

    I read this example to explain the effect of a comma on the meaning of a sentence:

    The privates who arrived late were punished (just the privates who arrived late. Some of them arrived timely).

    The privates, who arrived late, were punished (all of them).

    Regards,

    José Manuel Rosón Bravo

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    Re: as I was not

    Quote Originally Posted by azz View Post
    a. He was bound with strong emotional ties to our family as I was not.

    b. He was bound with strong emotional ties to our family, as I was not.

    Are both the above sentences acceptable?
    Does (a) mean 'He was bound with strong emotional ties to our family in a way that I was not'? Does (b) mean 'He was bound with strong emotional ties to our family, but I was not'?
    If I'm reading your sentence correctly, it means that someone in the family had strong ties to the rest of the family, but I did/do not. Perhaps a better way of wording it would have been:

    He was bound with strong emotional ties to our family, whereas I was not.

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