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    The use of the "comma"

    Are there any differences in meaning between the pair of sentences?

    The books which are on the floor in the corner of the room are mine
    The books, which are on the floor in the corner of the room, are mine

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    Re: The use of the "comma"

    Quote Originally Posted by esasha052 View Post
    Are there any differences in meaning between the pair of sentences?

    The books which are on the floor in the corner of the room are mine
    The books, which are on the floor in the corner of the room, are mine
    In the second sentence (with commas) there are no books present except than the ones on the floor in the corner, and all the books are yours. The descriptive clause "which are on the floor in the corner of the room" is "non-restrictive". You cannot replace "which" with "that".

    In the first sentence (without commas) there are other books present in addition to the ones "which are on the floor in the corner of the room", but the ones in the corner are yours; nothing is said about the others. The descriptive clause "which are on the floor in the corner of the room" is "restrictive". Usually in this case "that" is used instead of "which".


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    Re: The use of the "comma"

    Thank you very much

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