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We maintain our position in order to defend the rights of the general public, mainly TV viewers, who are also product consumers.

I really sorry for the same question but I am still confused if the comma between mainly TV viewers and who is for apposition or non-defining relative clause or anything else?


Thank you so much as usual in advance.

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We maintain our position in order to defend the rights of the general public, mainly TV viewers, who are also product consumers.

First, I don't understand what the speaker is trying to say here. Does the general public, mainly TV viewers mean that the general public consists mainly of TV viewers? This seems a little odd to me.

Clive

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Hans51I really sorry for the same question but I am still confused if the comma between mainly TV viewers and who is for apposition or non-defining relative clause or anything else?

Me, too. The sentence is poorly conceived. I found the short essay it is from ( https://quizlet.com/kr/514914917/%EC%98%81%EC%96%B41_%EB%B0%95%EC%A4%80%EC%96%B8 3%EA%B3%BC%EB%B3%B8%EB%AC%B8-2-flash-cards/ ). The writer contrasts the interests of TV viewers with those of TV marketers in regard to product placement. He adds that the general public are consumers because the marketers see them that way, but that information is confusing to the reader right then, and there are other infelicities. The phrase "who are also product consumers" is a terminal parenthetical insecurely linked back to "the general public", and the comma in question is the first of the two commas that enclose any parenthetical, but in this case the parenthetical is terminal, so the second comma is obviated by the termination of the sentence.