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which Harry are we talking about?

 
 
navi
 
Reply Wed 24 Mar, 2021 02:44 am
1) I am talking about the Harry who works at the hospital not the one who works at the library.
2) I am talking about Harry who works at the hospital not the one who works at the library.

3) I am talking about the Harry at the hospital not the one at the library.
4) I am talking about Harry at the hospital not the one at the library.

5) Harry at the hospital told me that, not the one who works at the library.
6) Harry, at the hospital, told me that, not the one who works at the library.

Which of the above are grammatical and meaningful?
Which are idiomatic?
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oralloy
 
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Reply Wed 24 Mar, 2021 02:49 am
#6 sounds wrong to me.

The others I don't know. Hopefully someone with better expertise will come along to help.
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Wed 24 Mar, 2021 03:47 am
@navi,
They all pretty much mean the same thing and are grammatically correct.

However, I wouldn’t say any of them were particularly idiomatic. Idiom is often grammatically incorrect so you can’t go for both. Either something that ticks all the boxes grammatically or something that sounds like it was spoken by someone from a particular area.

I can’t speak for America, but an idiomatic way of expressing that in the UK would be. “Not library Harry, hospital Harry.”
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