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    comma again

    Hi,

    could you please tell me whether a "comma" is used before a relative clause which does not immediately follow the noun to which it refers?

    E.g.:
    A representative of the department will be present at the meeting COMMA?who will provide advice concerning application of the procedure.

    Thank you very much.

    Hanka

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    Re: comma again

    Sorry, your choice is incorrect.
    The way you wrote it, the meeting is providing the advice, not the representative.

    If the relative clause is not necessary for conveying the meaning of the sentence (non-restrictive) then it should be bracketed in commas. If its meaning is part of the sentence's main message (restrictive) then commas are not necessary.

    "A representative of the company, who wears silly bow ties, will be present at the meeting."

    "A representative of the department who will provide advice concerning [the] application of the procedure will be present at the meeting."

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