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eddkzk

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I would appreciate it, if someone could give me some brief explanation about how to use 'who has', 'with' and 'in' in relative clauses to mean 'possess'.(I am not a native English speaker, so I often get confused about that.) For example, which is better to say in these situations?

The man with/who has a bag in his hand is the journalist.(Are both acceptable?)
or,
The man in/who has/with a black suit is the journalist(which one is correct and why, please)
or,
The man with/who has long curly hair is the journalist.(Are both ok?)


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Anglika

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I would appreciate it, if someone could give me some brief explanation about how to use 'who has', 'with' and 'in' in relative clauses to mean 'possess'.(I am not a native English speaker, so I often get confused about that.) For example, which is better to say in these situations?

The man with/who has a bag in his hand is the journalist.(Are both acceptable?) These are fine and mean the same
or,
The man in/who has/with a black suit is the journalist(which one is correct and why, please) "The man in a black suit" is clearly wearing it; "who has" or "with" could just mean he owns a black suit.
or,
The man with/who has long curly hair is the journalist.(Are both ok?) Both are fine and mean the same.


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engee30

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I would appreciate it, if someone could give me some brief explanation about how to use 'who has', 'with' and 'in' in relative clauses to mean 'possess'.(I am not a native English speaker, so I often get confused about that.) For example, which is better to say in these situations?

The man with/who has a bag in his hand is the journalist.(Are both acceptable?)
or,
The man in/who has/with a black suit is the journalist(which one is correct and why, please)
or,
The man with/who has long curly hair is the journalist.(Are both ok?)


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They are absolutely fine.

The man with a bag in his hand is the journalist.
The man carrying/having a bag in his hand is the journalist.
The man who is carrying/who has a bag in his hand is the journalist.


The man in a black suit is the journalist.
The man wearing/dressed in/clad in a black suit is the journalist.
The man who is (dressed/clad) in a black suit is the journalist.


The man with a black suit... would mean The man carrying a black suit or having it somewhere else.
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