It is said that the great musician was borne by a prostitute, who
deserted him soon after his birth.
- 澍媽媽Lv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
問題2: who前面的,又是怎麼一回事?-->關代,借代先行詞"a prostitute"(一名妓女)
a) It is said that the great misician was born by a protitute.
b) The prostitute deserted him soon after his birth.
先行詞: a prostitute-->人-->用who借代
這裡的"a prostitute"並未被清楚的定義,不應用補述用法(extra information),因此我會建議這裡who前的逗點應該刪除(敬請參照Cambridge Grammar In Use/ Intermediate/ U92 )
2009-05-05 03:13:20 補充：
* It is said-->據說,代表未經證實,一切都是推斷,因此無法直接認定"a prostitute"就是"唯一生下他的那個妓女".如果今天這是一個事實,應該會寫成"The great musician was borne by a prostitute, who deserted him soon after his birth."你毋須提及那名妓女在生下他後隨及拋棄了他,讀者也能清楚知道這名妓女就是"生下他的母親".
2009-05-08 15:50:57 補充：
His only son, who came to Cannada for study, is coming back next week. Even you remove the adjective sentence, we still know who you are taliking about, the basic meaning is still the same.
2009-05-08 15:55:13 補充：
However,"It is said that the great musician was borne by a prostitute, who
deserted him soon after his birth." here, no matter we remove the adjective clause or not, we still have no idea who "a prostitute" was.
2009-05-09 18:29:28 補充：
you don't get what I meant, here we only know a prostitute "possibly" labored this musician and who also deserted him, even we put a comma right after the prostitute, we still have no idea about who she was, was he indeed born by a prostitute?
2009-05-09 18:32:15 補充：
If he "was" born by a prostitute, we might know her name, we may write in this way, The great musician was born by a prostitute, whose name was OOO, deserted him right after his birth. I gotta run for a class, will make I what written in the grammar book later.
2009-05-09 20:47:09 補充：
His only son, who came to Cannada for study, is coming back next week. In this example, the relative clauses do not tell you which person or thing the speaker means. We already know which things or person is meant.
2009-05-09 20:49:15 補充：
But in the sentence "The great musician was borne by a prostitute, who deserted him soon after his birth." not only the relative sentence can't show which one you refer to, nor can the main clause, you still cannot tell me who is "a prostitute".
2009-05-09 22:54:22 補充：
As I mentioned in the very beginning, since the sentance starts with "It is said", we can't exactly know if there really existed such a woman who labored this great musician, that's why I think "a prostitute" isn't well-defined.Source(s): above 15 years teaching experience
- Hank AguipearsLv 51 decade ago
born和borne都是bear的過去分詞（bear, bore, born/borne），
例：David was borne by Jennifer.
例 1：David was born in 1987.
例 2：David was born to make Jennifer happy.
- louisawuLv 51 decade ago
To：澍媽媽, 如果去掉 who之前的 ”,” 限定為偉大的音樂家是生下他馬上就遺棄他的妓女所生，是不是會意涵他還有另外一位母親？？？
2009-05-09 22:40:47 補充：
She visited her father who lives in Taipei .(X)
She visited her father, who lives in Taipei.(O)
- ElisaLv 71 decade ago
This is an article I wrote about restrictive vs. unrestrictive clause.
2009-05-08 12:50:29 補充：
To identify if an adjective clause is restricted or non-restricted, you can see if the basic meaning of the sentences will be changed by removing the adjective clause. If the basic meaning changes, it is a restricted clause.
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- LouisLv 71 decade ago
It is said that the great musician was borne by a prostitute, who deserted him soon after his birth.
［說明］born 和 borne都是bear的過去分詞（兩種寫法）。所以沒有差別。
［說明］當修飾語的形容詞子句如果和前面其修飾的名詞之間加上逗號時，表示這個修飾語是沒有限定功能的（restrictive function/defining function)。所以這句如果去掉逗號，prostitute前面就要改成定冠詞the了。全句的語意會出問題，因為生他的只可能是某一個（也是唯一的）妓女，是不需指定是那一個妓女。
2009-05-04 17:18:36 補充：
- 1 decade ago
Born 跟 borne的意思一樣，都是bear的過去分詞，只是兩種拼法。