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    Shakespeare was a great writer(,) who

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    1- Shakespeare was a great writer(,) who wrote 38 plays and 154 sonnets.
    2- Shakespeare was a great writer(,) writing 38 plays and 154 sonnets.

    I'd like to ask if I should put a comma in each sentence after the word 'writer' or not. I think we should because they are non-defining relative clauses.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Shakespeare was a great writer(,) who

    Both commas are needed. But your second is not a relative clause. It could be a reduced relative clause.

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    Re: Shakespeare was a great writer(,) who

    Quote Originally Posted by ademoglu View Post
    Hi,

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    1- Shakespeare was a great writer(,) who wrote 38 plays and 154 sonnets.
    2- Shakespeare was a great writer(,) writing 38 plays and 154 sonnets.
    The words "a great writer" is a noun phrase (first sentence). You simply expanded it with the additional words.

    I don't know what the other sentence is good for.

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