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azz
Posted: Monday, November 11, 2019 11:18:23 PM
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a. She is my favorite tall actress.
b. She is my favorite actress who is tall.
c. She is my favorite actress, who is tall.

The meaning of (c) is clear. She is my favorite actress and she is tall.

I think there's a difference between the meanings of (a) and (b).

It seems to me that in (a) is saying that among tall actresses she is my favorite. (Maybe none of my favorite actresses is tall and she isn't even among my favorite actresses. But if I had to chose among tall actresses then she'd be my favorite.)

To me, (b) seems to be saying that among my favorite actresses, she is the one who is tall. She is definitely one of my favorite actresses.

Is that right?

I am not sure (b) is really natural.

Many thanks.
ARMECH
Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 12:03:20 AM
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b & c, both imply the same. a is different which you have explained yourself.
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Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 8:09:56 AM

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Actually, a and b mean the same thing, and c is different.
Kirill Vorobyov
Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 9:05:45 AM

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azz wrote:
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It seems to me that in (a) is saying that among tall actresses she is my favorite. (Maybe none of my favorite actresses is tall and she isn't even among my favorite actresses. But if I had to chose among tall actresses then she'd be my favorite.)



For what it's worth, I'd avoid the word "favorite" if I didn't really like any of them.

She's the best tall actress I can think of.

The only context I can imagine is if I were responsible for the casting (unreal conditional) and we really needed a tall woman for a role. A basketball player character or something.
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