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1-I received a phone call from my mother in London.
2-I received a phone call from my mother, in London.
Whos is in London? Does the comma change anything?
(This is the kind of question I ask very often, I know.)
 

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There is a possibility of amibiguity in 2, but it's rather far-fetched. With this example, I would suggest that the comma doesn't change anything unless the speaker has more than one mother. ;-)
 

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tdol said:
There is a possibility of amibiguity in 2, but it's rather far-fetched. With this example, I would suggest that the comma doesn't change anything unless the speaker has more than one mother. ;-)

Agreed.

...my mother, (the one) in London.

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navi said:
1-I received a phone call from my mother in London.
2-I received a phone call from my mother, in London.

That's very strange...

As a not English native, I see there 2 different meanings :
1. In the first sentence : my mother is in London.
2. In the second sentence : I am in London.
Could it be possible ?
 

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In the second sentence it is at least possible that the speaker is in London.

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navi said:
1-I received a phone call from my mother in London.
2-I received a phone call from my mother, in London.
Whos is in London? Does the comma change anything?
(This is the kind of question I ask very often, I know.)

It is a confusing sentence. The best way to end the confusion is to rephrase the sentence.

I received a phone call from my mother when I was in London.
I received a phone call from my mother when she was in London.
I received a phone call from my mother, who lives in London.
 
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