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1. He is laughing at the boy.
2. He is laughing in a loud voice toward the boy.
3. He is making a fool of the boy.
[Does #1 mean #2 or #3?]

4. A friend in need is a friend indeed.

5. A friend, when you are in need, is a friend indeed.

6. A friend when you are in need is a friend indeed.

7. A friend who is in need is a friend indeed.

8. A friend, who is in need, is a friend indeed.
[Does #4 mean #5 or #6? Or does #4 mean #7 or #8? Do we have to put commas? According to the dictionary #4 mean #5. What about #7 or #8? Can't the proverb mean #7 or #8?]

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  1. #1 and #2 mean about the same thing. It may also mean #3, but that's not clear. To make a fool of someone is to pull a dirty trick on that person so that others will laugh at him/her. That's not quite the same thing as #1.

    #4 and #6 mean about the same thing. Commas are not needed since the clause "when you are in need" is an essential (or restrictive) clause.

    #s 7 and 8 have different meanings since the person in need is the friend, not "you."

    http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/clauses.htm#independent

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