I have a question about combining two sentences with relative clause. Suppose that I have 2 sentences: My son is 35 years old. He has a baby. When I combine them is it a must to write as "My son who has a baby is 35 years old." or can this sentence be as "My son who is 35 years old has a baby." I know the emphasises and the meanings are different in those sentences, I want to know if it is grammatically correct to combine these sentences in those two ways? Thanks in advance.

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    Both versions are perfectly correct. The first might distinguish the 'son who has a baby' from another son who doesn't have children. The second states that he has a baby and inserts the information about his age. Commented May 12 at 12:56

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My son who has a baby is 35 years old.

My son who is 35 years old has a baby.

Both versions are grammatical but have different meanings.

Also, both use a defining relative clause, which means the speaker has more than one son. We can added a pair of bracketing commas to clarify that the speaker has only one son:

My son, who has a baby, is 35 years old.

My son, who is 35 years old, has a baby.

The first version focuses on the age of the son; the second, on the fact that he has a baby.

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