"I was given the picture, drawn by Jane."

Can the sentence above be accepted like this?

"I was given the picture, and the picture was drawn by Jane."

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    It's not usual in English to use the definite article the before a person's name. You should omit the article, except in sentences such as: I mean the Jane who works in the library and not the Jane who drives a bus.Even then, you could omit the article. Feb 24, 2017 at 0:07
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    Yes, it's perfectly fine to say the second sentence, although obviously it's redundant.
    – Andrew
    Feb 24, 2017 at 0:33
  • I am asking to see if I can use the first sentence(I was given the picture, drawn by Jane.)
    – 박용현
    Feb 24, 2017 at 0:38

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The first sentence is fine. Variations of it would be "I was given the picture, which was drawn by Jane", or "I was given the picture that was drawn by Jane", or "I was given the picture Jane drew." The "drawn by Jane" part is secondary supplemental historical information that describes the picture.

When you use the "and" construction of the second example, it elevates the importance of the second part so that you have two, equally important, standalone statements. Jane having drawn the picture is at least as important as your having been given it.

The next step in this evolution would be, "The picture given to me was drawn by Jane", or "Jane drew the picture given to me." In that case, what is most important is that Jane drew it. The fact that it was given to you is now the supplementary information.

So they're both grammatically acceptable and mean pretty much the same thing, but the nuances are different.

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