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Dear Ted:

What do the following sentences IMPLY?

1) My English teacher Martha Kerry has said that copying during a task is strictly forbidden.

2) My English teacher, Martha Kerry, has said that copying during a task is strictly forbidden.

By the way, are the above sentences correctly written?

Thank you.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

What do the following sentences IMPLY?

1) My English teacher Martha Kerry has said that copying during a task is strictly forbidden.

*** The sentence implies that you have more than one English teacher.  You have chosen to write about Martha Kerry ONLY.

2) My English teacher, Martha Kerry, has said that copying during a task is strictly forbidden.

*** You have ONE English teacher whose name happens to be "Martha Kerry."

By the way, are the above sentences correctly written?

*** Yes, they are.

In this instance, you have mastered the punctuation of the appositive.

Ted

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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.

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