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    What is the difference between?

    What is the difference between?
    -My brother who lives in spain is visiting next week.
    -My brother, who lives in spain, is visiting next week.


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    Re: What is the difference between?

    -My brother who lives in spain is visiting next week.
    -My brother, who lives in spain, is visiting next week.


    The first, without the comma after 'brother', is trying to suggest this is just one of his brothers - the one who lives in Spain.

    The second might be trying to suggest that he has only one brother, (who incidentally, lives in Spain.)

    Good try, but in real life, I still think people would be unsure!

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    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    -My brother who lives in Spain is visiting next week.
    -My brother, who lives in Spain, is visiting next week.


    The first, without the comma after 'brother', is trying to suggest this is just one of his brothers - the one who lives in Spain.

    The second might be trying to suggest that he has only one brother, (who incidentally, lives in Spain.)

    Good try, but in real life, I still think people would be unsure!
    Absolutely agreed on this one.

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    Re: What is the difference between?

    Quote Originally Posted by ahmadhussain View Post
    What is the difference between?
    -My brother who lives in spain is visiting next week. defining
    -My brother, who lives in spain, is visiting next week.non-defining
    You're question revolves around relative clauses (defining and non-defining)


    The first one without the commas (or pause in Spoken English) suggests that you might have 2 or more brothers. And you are speaking about the one who lives in Spain, not the other.
    You are distinguishing between the two brothers so the speaker is clear about which one it is.

    The second, is a non-defining relative clause, with the commas (or brief pause in spoken English).
    This implies that you have just the one brother and you are just providing additional information about him. But this info is not essential.

    Note;
    With the first one, the one without the commas, you can replace the relative pronoun; "who" with "that".

    You CAN'T do that with the second one. (WIth commas)
    Last edited by RonBee; 28-Feb-2009 at 04:41. Reason: fix quote

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    Re: What is the difference between?

    You beat me to it boys!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luizao View Post
    You beat me to it boys!!

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    Re: What is the difference between?

    I would put it more strongly.

    The second sentence (with commas) clearly should mean that the 'speaker' has only one brother.

    Conversely, the first sentence should only be used when the 'speaker' has more than one brother.

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    Re: What is the difference between?

    Quote Originally Posted by ahmadhussain View Post
    What is the difference between?
    -My brother who lives in spain is visiting next week.
    -My brother, who lives in spain, is visiting next week.
    my brother is the subject of the sentence,who lives in spain is an appositive
    I know it has nothing to do with this issue but for more information

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    Re: What is the difference between?

    Quote Originally Posted by tareq10 View Post
    I know it has nothing to do with this issue but for more information
    It provides more information.
    A: My brother is visiting next week.
    B (with additional information): My brother, who lives in Spain, is visiting next week.





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