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Are there any difference between the following sentences in meaning?

I met a beautiful girl.

In comparison to:

I met a girl who is beautiful.

Are the both grammatically correct and which one is better in writing?

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As @krobelusmeetsyndra has correctly noted:

  • the two sentences in your question are both correct,
  • the one in your comment is not correct, and
  • the "I met a beautiful girl" is preferable for aesthetic reasons.

The one additional point I would like to make is that the longer construction is useful if you want to refer to the girl's other qualities. For instance, if the girl were also intelligent and strong, then the longer of the two options below would sound better (although, again, both are correct).

I met a beautiful, strong, intelligent girl.

I met a girl who is beautiful, strong and intelligent.

Again, though, these are just aesthetic differences, as both are correct.

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Both are grammatically correct.

As to which one is better in writing, I believe it's a matter of taste, in this case. To me, I'd write

I met a beautiful girl.

because it's more direct, as in, it sends out the message faster. One could beg to differ, obviously.

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  • Thank you , will it be wrong to omit "who is" in the second sentence, making it "I met a girl beautiful"?
    – Huan Ying
    Feb 1, 2020 at 3:14
  • Yes, it would. In English, (most of the times) adjectives come before nouns. Feb 1, 2020 at 3:15

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