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# Use of Comma in Adjective Clause

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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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06 Mar 2012, 17:34
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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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