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    #1

    the man is our officer.

    Hi,

    Are the following correct?

    a) The man is our officer, whose coat is red?
    b) The man whose coat is red is our officer?

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    #2

    Re: the man is our officer.

    They're not correct; they should not end in a question mark.

    #2 is possible if you end it with a full stop. However consider saying,
    The man wearing a red coat is our officer.

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    #3

    Re: the man is our officer.

    Why not the first one if I end it with a full stop?

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    #4

    Re: the man is our officer.

    I'm not actually sure what #1 is trying to say!

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    #5

    Re: the man is our officer.

    What do you mean by "our officer"?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: the man is our officer.

    You could say the following:

    The man whose coat is red is our officer.
    The red coat is a defining characteristic, so your first version, which offers some non-defining details in the wrong place, won't work.

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