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    Seagulls which used to find food

    I am wondering if my sentence sounds natural. Would you please help me and correct my mistakes?

    Seagulls which used to find food all over the town, have now started to steal food from dinner tables.

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    Re: Seagulls which used to find food

    It's OK - without the comma.

    Never separate a subject from its verb by a single comma.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 07-Feb-2017 at 22:29. Reason: Fixed typo

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    Re: Seagulls which used to find food

    Never separate a subject from it[s] verb by a single comma.
    "Single" is the key word there, Bassim. If you placed a comma after "seagulls," the comma after "town" would be fine:

    Seagulls, which used to find food all over the town, have now started to steal food from dinner tables.

    That sentence means that seagulls generally have now started to steal food from dinner tables. Your sentence means
    it is only those seagulls that used to find food all over the town that have now started to steal food from dinner tables.

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    #4

    Re: Seagulls which used to find food

    Phaedrus,
    Thank you for your explanation. Your version of my sentence is exactly what I meant to say. I have had problem with defining and non-defining sentences since I started to learn English, although I have read many times about them in grammar books. Even Piscean had on a few occasion explained to me the difference between these sentences, but this is still my weak spot. I believe I have to dedicate a few hours a week doing grammar exercises on these kinds of sentences until I get some routine.

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