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A woman whose husband is dead is called a widow.
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A woman whose husband is dead is called a widow.

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Mar 9th 2011, 04:18
If you ask me, it was better without the commas ("A woman whose husband is dead is called a widow.")

*With* the commas there, it looks to me like it's saying, "Some specific woman, whose husband happens to be dead [but this isn't a necessary fact to know], is called a widow."

*Without* the commas, it looks to me like it says "Any woman distinguished by the fact of having a deceased husband is called a widow." -- and that was the original meaning.
Mar 9th 2011, 05:35
On the contrary, the original version used a restrictive clause, because not every woman is called a widow. The clause "whose husband is dead" was used to restrict the set of *all women* (here referred to using the singular form, "a woman", by convention) so that it identifies only those women whose husbands are dead.

While the version with the commas (the version with the non-restrictive clause) can still be true, it has a very different meaning.

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