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I think the commas in the sentence below should've been omitted because they imply that Vince Carter has only one cousin, which is unlikely to be true.
Vince Carter drives past his cousin, Tracy McGrady, on Friday night as the Magic topped the Pistons. (Source: NBA.com: Photos - Game Action: Dec. 3)
What do you think?
The "Tracy McGrady" here, works for me like a non-defining relative clause to "Vince Carter drives past his cousin"
The cousin here is "his". It means the cousin is defined by that.
If I have understood my, a few, grammar books properly, the additional relative clause is non defining clause then.
Even though we didn't know the name of his cousin we know that it is his cousin and not somebody else's.
I think that this word order bellow asks for no commas.
Vince Carter drives past Tracy McGrady who is his cousin, on Friday night..
Here, "who is his cousin" is a defining relative clause then.
Last edited by e2e4; 05-Dec-2010 at 10:59.
I think most people set off names with commas because there is a natural pause when saying "my brother, Tom, ..."