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What is the difference between:
1-He came here with his tall good-looking sister.
2-He came here with his tall, good-looking sister.

Some people seem to think that 2 is wrong. Others seem to think that 1 implies that he has more than one good-looking sister and among his good-looking sisters, one is tall.
 

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navi tasan said:
What is the difference between:
1-He came here with his tall good-looking sister.
2-He came here with his tall, good-looking sister.

Some people seem to think that 2 is wrong. Others seem to think that 1 implies that he has more than one good-looking sister and among his good-looking sisters, one is tall.

If either sentence is incorrect it is the first one. However, the interpretation you give for it makes sense.

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RonBee

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navi tasan said:
What is the difference between:
1-He came here with his tall good-looking sister.
2-He came here with his tall, good-looking sister.

Some people seem to think that 2 is wrong. Others seem to think that 1 implies that he has more than one good-looking sister and among his good-looking sisters, one is tall.


I don't think that these sentences imply anything in the way of how many sisters he has. The sentences simply state that he has a tall sister. I would not infer from either sentence that he has more than one sister. I don't think the sentences imply that either.

The sentence would have to be placed in a larger context to make more of a determination about it.
 

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So, we can put commas between adjectives without changing the meaning?
 
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In this particular case, I don't think the comma affects the meaning. To say that it does, in my opinion, would be rather nit picky.
 

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Thanks CitySpeak.
I'll ask the same question about the two following examples just to make sure that I have got it right, and then I'll stop.

1-We went into his big red house.
2-We went into his big, red house.

3-I read his brillaint last novel.
4-I read his brilliant, last novel.

If I have got it right 1 and 2 mean the same thing, as do 3 and 4. Am I right?
 
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navi tasan said:
Thanks CitySpeak.
I'll ask the same question about the two following examples just to make sure that I have got it right, and then I'll stop.

1-We went into his big red house.
2-We went into his big, red house.

3-I read his brillaint last novel.
4-I read his brilliant, last novel.

If I have got it right 1 and 2 mean the same thing, as do 3 and 4. Am I right?


I'll say once again that I don't believe the comma changes the meaning. Additionally, I would not even use a comma here. This is only a list of 2 adjectives. Usually, in a list of 3 items or more we use a comma. Here we only have 2. Here is a PDF document that I have which states that.

http://www.heidelberg.edu/depts/eng/commas1.pdf

Commas separate items in a list of three or more.

This is a list of adjectives not nouns. Just the same, I cannot see the reason to use a comma here. If you choose to, I would not say the meaning changes.
 
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Hi Navi Tasan

Here is a link confirming what I have said about adjectives. It's difficult to read. Here is a quote from it. Use the "select all" option on your mouse. It will be easier to read that way.


http://www.yakka.de/Week6.htm

Commas are not normally used between adjectives that give different kinds of information. Word order is relevant here.

Have you met our handsome new financial director?


So, I would not put a comma there in the first place. We also would not normally have a longer list of adjectives preceding a noun anyway. This is as I see it.

The big old red wooden house......------ no - too many adjectives..
 

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RonBee said:
navi tasan said:
What is the difference between:
1-He came here with his tall good-looking sister.
2-He came here with his tall, good-looking sister.

Some people seem to think that 2 is wrong. Others seem to think that 1 implies that he has more than one good-looking sister and among his good-looking sisters, one is tall.

If either sentence is incorrect it is the first one. However, the interpretation you give for it makes sense.

Regards,
RonBee

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RonBee, you used a structure interesting to me; that is, "if either sentence is incorrect...". I wonder whether it is exactly the same as "if one of the two sentences is incorrect...".
Thanks,
 

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vvaann said:
RonBee, you used a structure interesting to me; that is, "if either sentence is incorrect...". I wonder whether it is exactly the same as "if one of the two sentences is incorrect...".
Thanks,

Yes, I would say it is the same thing. (You don't need the period after the quote marks.)

Regards,
RonBee

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Thanks everybody, specially CitySpeak.
 
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