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User Info: DrugsRBad

DrugsRBad
4 weeks ago#1
I’ve tried finding the answer online, but no such luck. Which version of this sentence (which is in dialogue) is correct:

“An innocent man that has never committed a crime, or that guy?”

Or:

“An innocent man that has never committed a crime or that guy?”

I would think the top one is correct because of the pause, but then again you don’t always need a comma with or.
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User Info: dib153

dib153
4 weeks ago#2
An innocent man, that has never committed a crime, or that guy?
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User Info: Vyyk

Vyyk
4 weeks ago#3
The first one would be the most correct. "An innocent man" is a vague subject, so "that has never committed a crime" is an essential clause that limits its meaning.

Another example:

A woman who has heels on is tall.
A woman, who has heels on, is tall.

Putting commas around "who has heels on" makes it a nonessential clause, but that would be a mistake since I can't take it out without changing the meaning of the sentence.

Notice what happens, though, when I replace the vague noun with something more specific.

Lilly who has heels on is tall.
Lilly, who has heels on, is tall.

In that example, the second sentence is correct, since "who has heels on" is a nonessential clause to identify someone I've already given a name to.
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User Info: Eerieka

Eerieka
4 weeks ago#4
More importantly, change "that" to "who" unless this man is a robot.
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User Info: DrugsRBad

DrugsRBad
4 weeks ago#6
Alright, thanks for the answers.
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