Should I put any commas here?

Paint the fence that's red green.

(meaning "Paint the red fence with green paint.")

Move the wheelbarrow that's on the stairs below the stairs.

(Could be shortened to "Move the wheelbarrow on the stairs below the stairs."

  • Unless you want to confuse your listener/reader, you should rewrite the sentences to make your meaning clear. Paint the red fence green is so much easier to follow. Dec 1 '19 at 23:55
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    @Ronald. True but doesn't really answer the question.
    – zooby
    Dec 2 '19 at 1:11

'That' is used with what are called restrictive clauses, meaning 'that's red' is necessary to identify which fence. Commas are not used to set off these clauses.

Use who or which with non-restrictive clauses, where the info in the clause is NOT needed to identify which person or thing you're talking about. In this example you know which fence without the clause.

paint John's fence, which is now red, green.

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