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navi tasan

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1-His brother, John, is coming over for a visit.
2-His brother John is coming over for a visit.

Does 1 necessarily imply that he has only one brother?
Does 2 necesssarilly imply that he has more than one brother?
 

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They imply that, yes. However, don't be surprised if people use the commas either way with either meaning.

His [one] brother, [who, by the way is named] John,
His brother John [as opposed to his brothers Paul, George, or Ringo] is..
 
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