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New post 06 Mar 2012, 12:48
Hi All

Below are two similar sentences involving adjective clause

The nurse called a doctor, who came quickly.
The nurse called a doctor who came quickly.

1. Which one according to GMAT is correct?

2. Also if we dont put a comma does that make this clause an essential clause?

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I am not an expert , but here are my two cents:

1) The nurse called a doctor, who came quickly.
2) The nurse called a doctor who came quickly.

I believe 1) above is correct as it conveys the intent correctly.

2) seems to suggest that nurse was "calling that particular doctor who came quickly".

And as you pointed out, essential modifiers do not contain comma, while non-essential modifiers are seperated from the main clause by a comma.

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New post 29 Jan 2018, 08:25
Hi,
To me the first sentence is correct as:
1) The nurse called a doctor, who came quickly.- Here who acts an pronoun (that modifies the noun doctor only, as replacing the nurse (in who) makes the sentence nonsensical and ambiguous) and the noun phrase "who came quickly" correctly modifies the doctor. CORRECT.
2) The nurse called a doctor who came quickly. (this is also correct in gmat but not preferred if above option is present. The phrase who came quickly also acts as NOUN modifier and modifies doctor only and placed as near as possible to the noun).

For essential and Non essential modifiers :
always in gmat that acts an essential modifier and which as a non essential modifier.
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New post 29 Jan 2018, 15:19
Hi raviram80,

Thank you for your question! #1 is the correct answer because it tells the order of events correctly. Here is quick breakdown of what each answer really means:

1) The nurse called a doctor, who came quickly.
The nurse called a doctor...THEN he came quickly. This is the correct cause/effect relationship: the doctor doesn't rush over until AFTER he's been called.

2) The nurse called a doctor who came quickly.
The nurse is calling a doctor as he is already on his way over. This doesn't work because it suggests both events happened AT THE SAME TIME. Since we understand this isn't likely (or even possible), it's incorrect.
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