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Relative Clause

Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2006 10:52 pm
by majid
Hello,

Could you please explain why 'The woman who is in the photo is my sister' can be reduced to 'The woman in the photo is my sister' but 'The woman who is a teacher is my sister' cannot be reduced to 'The woman, a teacher is my sister'. I need the grammar explanation. Thank you very much.

Posted: Fri Feb 09, 2007 8:25 am
by James Trotta
Grammatically speaking, you're missing a comma:

The woman, a teacher, is my sister.

That's fine grammar, but I doubt you'll ever need to use it in a conversation. Better would be:

My sister is a teacher.

Comma

Posted: Mon Apr 23, 2007 4:32 pm
by karlidoc
When are you using a comma and when are you using a semi colon?

Thanks, karlidoc[

quote="James Trotta"]Grammatically speaking, you're missing a comma:

The woman, a teacher, is my sister.

That's fine grammar, but I doubt you'll ever need to use it in a conversation. Better would be:

My sister is a teacher.[/quote]