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Doris (Bookkeeper) & her husband Ed Crane (who is a barber), Big Dave (Doris's Boss) & his wife Ann having dinner at Ed Crane's house.

This four people having dinner at Ed Crane's house, But I am facing difficulty because of their occupations, so how to rephrase it without brackets .

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  • @P.E.Dant why you separated having and dinner in your sentence? I think they both should be side-by-side like this having dinner. So please explain it. Jul 12, 2017 at 4:49
  • The phrasal verb "having sb over for dinner" is commonly separated in English just as in that sentence, e.g. "Lurleen and Billy Bob McCoy are having the Hatfields over for dinner." This is simple, idiomatic English. It has nothing to do with the phrase "having dinner." Jul 12, 2017 at 4:55
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    Bookkeeper Doris and her barber husband, Ed Crane, host a dinner for Doris's boss, Big Dave, and his wife Ann.
    – Robusto
    Jul 12, 2017 at 5:20

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Doris Crane, a bookkeeper, and husband, Ed, a barber, are hosting dinner for Doris's boss, Big Dave, and wife, Ann.

Commas are somewhat a matter of taste so some might prefer -

Doris Crane, a bookkeeper, and husband Ed, a barber, are hosting dinner for Doris's boss, Big Dave, and wife Ann.

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