Today, one of my students came to me and asked a question about a relative pronoun.
The question was..
The girl was my classmate. + I met her at the store.=?
I showed her two answers.
1. The girl whom I met at the store was my classmate.
2. I met the girl, who was my classmate, at the store.
Explaining the answers, I came up with some questions.
Here come the questions.
Q1) Answer 2 is grammatically wrong?
Q2) What if the question was 'I met the girl at the store + She was my classmate=?'
Q3) If Answer 2 is right, can I omit two commas in the sentence? like this, I met the girl who was my classmate at the store.
Even though there were no commas in the sentence, I think no one will confuse it, because the word 'classmate' means a friend in class... Am I right?
q1 and q3
I think answer 2 is correct. 'Who was my classmate' is an appositive, and not being necessary to the sentence, should be set off with commas. It's not necessary because, though it tells a bit about the girl, doesn't define the girl you met.
As I read this question, you're making a compound sentence.
I met the girl at the store, and she was my classmate.
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