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    #1

    My mother told me

    Please, would you take a look at this sentence and tell me if I punctuated it correctly.

    My mother told me that I should have followed the example of my brother and sister who had been such excellent students.

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    #2

    Re: My mother told me

    I think it's fine. Some people will prefer a comma before 'who'.

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    #3

    Re: My mother told me

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Some people will prefer a comma before 'who'.
    I am one of those. Without a comma, the sentence suggests that the speaker has other siblings; these other siblings were not excellent students.

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    Re: My mother told me

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Some people will prefer a comma before 'who'.
    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I am one of those.
    +1
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: My mother told me

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Without a comma, the sentence suggests that the speaker has other siblings; these other siblings were not excellent students.
    I'm sorry to butt in.

    Is it (=the difference between with and without a comma) detectable when the sentence is uttered?

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    Re: My mother told me

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    I'm sorry to butt in.

    Is it (=the difference between with and without a comma) detectable when the sentence is uttered?
    It should, otherwise the ambiguity would still be there, IMO.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: My mother told me

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    I'm sorry to butt in.
    As I have said before, there is to need to apologise. Every member has the right to ask any question about English, to ask any relevant follow-up question in a thread and (if they have the knowledge) answer any question.

    Without the comma in the sentence, there is no pause after 'sister'. With the comma, there is a pause.

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    #8

    Re: My mother told me

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    It should, otherwise the ambiguity would still be there, IMO.
    If it's non-defining, what would be an indicator?
    Could it be a slight pause between 'sister' and 'who'?

    (Edit) Thank you, 5jj. I've just read your post.

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