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    #1

    dressed in a suit

    1) I talked to the general dressed in a suit.
    Can't this mean two things:
    1a) I talked to the general who was dressed in a suit.
    1b) I talked to the general when I was dressed in a suit.


    2) I talked to the general, dressed in a suit.

    Can't this mean two things:
    2a) I talked to the general, who was dressed in a suit.
    2b) I talked to the general when I was dressed in a suit.

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    #2

    Re: dressed in a suit

    In #1, yes, both meanings are possible.

    In #2, only the second meaning is possible.

    That comma in the 2nd example makes it clear who was dressed in a suit. If the general was in the suit, you couldn't separate the phrases with the comma. Without the comma, it's not clear who was wearing the suit.

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