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restrictive/non-restrictive

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restrictive/non-restrictive

Postby navi » Sun Jun 10, 2012 4:11 am

1-I did some shopping on Filmore Street and then went and had lunch at Tony's Restaurant on Sixth Avenue.
2-I did some shopping on Filmore Street and then went and had lunch at Tony's Restaurant, on Sixth Avenue.

Is "on Sixth Avenue" restrictive in 1? Does it imply that there are more than one Tony's Restaurants in the city? (Maybe it is a franchise.)

Is "on Sixth Avenue" nonrestrictive in 2? Does 2 imply that there is only one Tony's Restaurant in the city?

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Re: restrictive/non-restrictive

Postby Alan » Mon Jun 11, 2012 6:46 am

Strictly speaking, 'yes' to both.

In practice, however, the comma is generally omitted even nonrestrictively in the case of such simple, short prepositional phrases, especially where it is expected that the addressee's knowledge or common sense is likely to preclude any serious ambiguity.
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