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    #1

    Students who work

    Hi,

    Students, who work very hard, get good marks.

    Is it necessary to put commas in the above sentence?

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    #2

    Re: Students who work

    No. That sentence should not have any commas.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Students who work

    With commas your sentence says that all students work hard and that they all get good marks

    Without the commas your sentence says that hard-working students get good marks.
    Last edited by Tdol; 23-Feb-2016 at 10:12. Reason: typo

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    #4

    Re: Students who work

    And even without commas, isn't it possible to work hard and not achieve a good mark?

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    Re: Students who work

    @Untaught88: I think Tdol is trying to teach you to qualify your statements.

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    #6

    Re: Students who work

    On facebook and elsewhere I sometimes read sentences like
    'Students that work very hard...' instead of 'Students who work very hard...'.
    Are both correct?

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    Re: Students who work

    Quote Originally Posted by krisfromgermany View Post
    'Students that work very hard...' instead of 'Students who work very hard...'.
    Are both correct?
    Yes, they are.
    I am not a teacher

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    #8

    Re: Students who work

    Quote Originally Posted by krisfromgermany View Post
    On facebook and elsewhere I sometimes read sentences like
    'Students that work very hard...' instead of 'Students who work very hard...'.
    Are both correct?
    "Who" and "which" can be replaced by "that" only in defining relative clauses:
    1. He is the man who/ that stole her purse.
    2. The early Marillion was the band which/ that shaped my taste in music.

    This is not possible in non-defining relative clauses:
    3. His brother, who is a brilliant surgeon, lives in Australia.
    4. Jane's car, which she's had for 10 years, is up for sale.

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    Re: Students who work

    Quote Originally Posted by krisfromgermany View Post
    On facebook and elsewhere I sometimes read sentences like
    'Students that work very hard...' instead of 'Students who work very hard...'.
    Are both correct?
    They are. But the meaning starts to change when you add a comma.

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    #10

    Re: Students who work

    Quote Originally Posted by Untaught88 View Post
    Hi,

    Students, who work very hard, get good marks.
    That sentence as it is says that students are people who work very hard and they all get good marks. Take out the commas and it means something different.

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