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    my brother Harry

    a. My brother Harry works in a bank.
    b. My brother, Harry, works in a bank.


    Does (a) necessarily infer that I have more than one brother?
    Does (b) necessarily infer that I have one brother?

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    Re: my brother Harry

    Sentences not being sentient, neither of them infers anything. (The verb you're looking for is imply.)

    I don't see any real difference between the two sentences after the verb is corrected.
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    Re: my brother Harry

    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...=1#post1173572
    If the above post is correct, the OP has more than one brother in 1 but has only one in 2.
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    Re: my brother Harry

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...=1#post1173572
    If the above post is correct, the OP has more than one brother in 1 but has only one in 2.
    A very picky reader might infer those conclusions. I'd want more evidence.
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    Re: my brother Harry

    1. My brother (whose name is) Harry works in a bank.
    2. My brother, (whose name is) Harry, works in a bank.

    The restrictive relative clause in 1 denotes that the speaker has another brother whose name is not Harry, while the non-restrictive one in 2 does not. That's what I have inferred from TheParser's post.
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    Re: my brother Harry

    A careful writer will keep TheParser's explication in mind, but will not expect readers to apply it.
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