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could you please explain the use of commas in the following sentence:
An elderly small-featured man, wearing a felt hat rather than the round beret more common to the region, picks up the sad brown dog from between my legs with a look of polite apology. (Why is the part starting with "wearing" set off by commas? Is this unnecessary extra info?)
Thank you very much.
If you didn't use the commas here, it would mean that there was more than elderly small-featured man nearby, and that one of them was wearing a felt hat; it was this man who picked up the dog.
With commas, it means something slightly different: A man picked the dog; and this man was elderly, small-featured and wearing a felt hat.