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    #1

    Joseph's son Tony is a doctor.vs Joseph's son, Tony, is a doctor.

    Joseph's son Tony is a doctor.
    Joseph's son, Tony, is a doctor.

    As Joseph has two other sons, do I use the first sentence without a comma or the second with commas?

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: Joseph's son Tony is a doctor.vs Joseph's son, Tony, is a doctor.

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    Joseph's son Tony is a doctor.
    Joseph's son, Tony, is a doctor.

    As Joseph has two other sons, do I use the first sentence without a comma or the second with commas?

    Thanks.
    It doesn't matter, IMO.

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    #3

    Re: Joseph's son Tony is a doctor.vs Joseph's son, Tony, is a doctor.

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    Joseph's son Tony is a doctor.
    Joseph's son, Tony, is a doctor.

    As Joseph has two other sons, do I use the first sentence without a comma or the second with commas?

    Thanks.
    I agree with bhai. Neither version limits the number of Joseph's sons.

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    #4

    Re: Joseph's son Tony is a doctor.vs Joseph's son, Tony, is a doctor.

    What about the following sentence?

    My mother, who is a homemaker, guides me in my studies.

    Are the commas needed?

    Thanks.

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    #5

    Re: Joseph's son Tony is a doctor.vs Joseph's son, Tony, is a doctor.

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    What about the following sentence?

    My mother, who is a homemaker, guides me in my studies.

    Are the commas needed?

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    Yes. It is non-defining clause. It is not essential in the sentence.

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    #6

    Re: Joseph's son Tony is a doctor.vs Joseph's son, Tony, is a doctor.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Yes. It is non-defining clause. It is not essential in the sentence.
    Thanks, Mike.
    Do you mean the commas are not needed? What you said runs counter to some grammar books say.

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    #7

    Re: Joseph's son Tony is a doctor.vs Joseph's son, Tony, is a doctor.

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    Thanks, Mike.
    Do you mean the commas are not needed? What you said runs counter to some grammar books say.
    Mike said 'Yes' - the commas are needed. He then explained why.

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    #8

    Re: Joseph's son Tony is a doctor.vs Joseph's son, Tony, is a doctor.

    Thanks,, 5jj.

    I misread. My brain was not in gear. If that is the case, why does it not apply to the sentence posted earlier?

    Joseph's son Tony is a doctor.(Here, Joseph has three sons altogether, and yet whether there are commas or none is immaterial. They mean the same thing.)

    My mother, who is a homemaker, guides me in my studies. (Here, I have only one mother, so commas are needed.)

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    #9

    Re: Joseph's son Tony is a doctor.vs Joseph's son, Tony, is a doctor.

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    Thanks,, 5jj.

    I misread. My brain was not in gear. If that is the case, why does it not apply to the sentence posted earlier?

    Joseph's son Tony is a doctor.(Here, Joseph has three sons altogether, and yet whether there are commas or none is immaterial. They mean the same thing.)

    My mother, who is a homemaker, guides me in my studies. (Here, I have only one mother, so commas are needed.)
    No, it's not because you only have one mother that the commas are needed. Did you read MikeNewYork's post?

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    #10

    Re: Joseph's son Tony is a doctor.vs Joseph's son, Tony, is a doctor.

    Thanks, Bhai.

    Are you saying that I can write as follows?

    My mother who is a homemaker guides me in my studies.

    My brother who is very intelligent guides me in my studies. (if I have only one brother)

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