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    Correct or not?

    Hello guys

    Is it correct to say:
    "The students not liking school don't get high marks"
    By this I mean that: "The students, who don't like school, don't get high marks"

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    Re: Correct or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by MoHammaD_93 View Post
    Hello guys

    Is it correct to say:
    "The students not liking school don't get high marks"
    No. Many teachers will tell you that you can't use stative verbs like 'to like' in the progressive tenses. I don't believe that, but this is one case where it doesn't work.

    By this I mean that: "The students, who don't like school, don't get high marks"
    I think you mean, "The students who don't like school don't get high marks" (No commas).
    The sentence with commas (which signify a non-defining clause) means that all the students don't get high marks, and that all the students don't like school.
    You need to use a defining clause - "The students who don't like school ..."

    Thank you
    R.

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