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    #1

    The cat is ugly.

    Hi,

    The cat is ugly. It smells bad. It is black.

    Is the following combination correct?
    The ugly cat, which smells bad, is black.

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    #2

    Re: The cat is ugly.

    It's grammatically correct.

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    #3

    Re: The cat is ugly.

    Awww, I already want to adopt it.
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    #4

    Re: The cat is ugly.

    It is different, though. The first is describing the cat, while the second appears to be identifying it.

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    #5

    Re: The cat is ugly.

    You could further simplify this sentence to "The ugly black cat smells bad. "
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    #6

    Re: The cat is ugly.

    If I romove commas, will it change the meaning? Then it will mean "Every ugly black cat smells bad", right?

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    #7

    Re: The cat is ugly.

    No. It will mean that only the bad-smelling ugly cat is black.
    With the commas it means that only the ugly cat is black; it also has the characteristic of smelling bad.

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