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MoHammaD_93

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Hello guys

Is it correct to say:
"The students not liking school don't get high marks"
By this I mean that: "The students, who don't like school, don't get high marks"

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Raymott

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Hello guys

Is it correct to say:
"The students not liking school don't get high marks"
No. Many teachers will tell you that you can't use stative verbs like 'to like' in the progressive tenses. I don't believe that, but this is one case where it doesn't work.

By this I mean that: "The students, who don't like school, don't get high marks"
I think you mean, "The students who don't like school don't get high marks" (No commas).
The sentence with commas (which signify a non-defining clause) means that all the students don't get high marks, and that all the students don't like school.
You need to use a defining clause - "The students who don't like school ..."

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R.
 
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