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    #1

    I don't love her because she is smart."

    Dear all,

    1.I don't love her because she is smart.
    2. I don't love her, because she is smart.

    The only differece between the two sentences is the comma between her and because in #2.

    Is it true that this commma makes a big difference in meaning?

    I heard that #1 means "I love her, but the reasin is not that she is smart", whereas #2 means "I don't love her. The reason is that she is smart".

    Thank you!

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    #2

    Re: I don't love her because she is smart."

    #1 can have the meaning you say, but this is usually made clear by giving the real reason:

    I don't love her because she's smart, but because she's rich.

    Many people would prefer to re-phrase this to avoid any ambuguity: I love her because she's rich, not because she's smart.

    #2 does indeed give the reason for your not loving her.

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