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Koh Elaine
Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 12:22:48 PM
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The man, whom you talked to this morning, is my father.

Are the commas required?

Thanks.
TMe
Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 1:26:06 PM

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yes.

I am a layman.
NKM
Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 6:15:22 PM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
The man, whom you talked to this morning, is my father.

Are the commas required?

Thanks.

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I can't imagine why you'd use commas at all in that sentence, unless the context is somehow very strange.

The word "whom" is not really needed; it could be replaced by "that", or (better) by nothing at all.

- "The man you talked to this morning is my father."

On the other hand, if you're pointing to the man in question and saying "That man" instead of "The man", you'd need the commas to set off the non-restrictive clause.

- "That man, whom you talked to this morning, is my father."

Koh Elaine
Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 10:11:27 PM
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Thanks, NKM.
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