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    comma

    - Mrs Smith, who has a lot of teaching experience at junior level, will be joining the school in September.
    Are the commas unnecessary?

    - And then Mary, who we had been talking about earlier, walked in.
    Are the commas unnecessary?

    - Her uncle, who she's very fond of, lives next door.
    Are the commas unnecessary?

    - I discussed it with my brother, who is a lawyer.
    Is the comma unnecessary?

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    #2

    Re: comma

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    - Mrs Smith, who has a lot of teaching experience at junior level, will be joining the school in September.
    Are the commas unnecessary? No, they contain additional information.

    - And then Mary, who we had been talking about earlier, walked in.
    Are the commas unnecessary? No, same reason as above.


    - Her uncle, who she's very fond of, lives next door.
    Are the commas unnecessary? No, same reason as above.

    - I discussed it with my brother, who is a lawyer.
    Is the comma unnecessary? In my opinion, yes.
    Bhai.


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    Re: comma

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    - Mrs Smith, who has a lot of teaching experience at junior level, will be joining the school in September.
    Are the commas unnecessary?
    You definitely need the set of commas there.
    The 'who has a lot of teaching experience at junior level' is a parenthetical element, a non-restrictive relative clause.

    If a relative clause adds parenthetical, nondefining information, it is nonrestrictive. A nonrestrictive (parenthetical) element is set off by commas, as in the example above.
    Last edited by svartnik; 09-Jun-2009 at 17:17.


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    #4

    Re: comma

    - I discussed it with my brother, who is a lawyer.
    Is the comma unnecessary?

    bhaisahab: In my opinion, yes.

    Why?

    Compare: I discussed it with the one who is also a lawyer.


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    #5

    Re: comma

    If you can take out the words within the commas without changing the meaning of the sentence, you NEED the commas.

    If you write: I will discuss it with my brother, who is a lawyer. it tells us you have one brother, and he is a lawyer.

    If you write: I will discuss it with my brother who is a lawyer. it tells us you have more than one brother, and you will only talk to the one who is a lawyer.

    Grammar Girl has a more in depth discussion about it on her website. You may want to read it.

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