Today we were learning defining and non-defining relative clauses in a class, e.g. using this exercise:
The rule seems to be relatively clear:
- If there are commas, then we are talking about all subjects, not some specific one, and this is a non-defining clause;
- If there are no commas, then we are talking about some of many and this is defining clause.
What am I wondering about is that, when someone uses these clauses they put some additional information into it. Let us consider an example with sister:
(1) If I write
My sister, who lives in LA, is a designer.
then I also add info, that I have only one sister.
(2) If I use
My sister who lives in LA is a designer.
then I also add info, that I have many sisters.
However, maybe I am chatting in a public group and I do not want to disclosure a number of my relatives. I just want to say, that I have a sister, she is a designer, she also lives in LA and maybe she could help, that's all!
In this case if I have two sisters and write (1), then I will lie; if I write (2), then I will disclosure this additional info, which I wouldn't. Therefore, if I want to be concise, then it seems that language somehow defines how I share additional information with others and how honest I am!
Sorry, if this is a completely stupid question, but it drives me crazy, since there are no such clauses in my native language. So here I want to hear from native speakers about the subject. How do you use these clauses in your daily routine? How would you write in the example with sister above?
P.S. I know that there several questions with ~the same title, but this one is not about grammar and some specific case.