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The woman wearing a white dress is my cousin

hirashin

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Dear native English speakers,
I have a little question again.
Would (a) and (b) used interchangeably?
(a) The woman dressed in white is my cousin.
(b) The woman wearing a white dress is my cousin.

Thanks in advance.

Hirashin
 

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They are not the same.
A dress, referred to in (b), is a specific item of clothing. Item (a) only specifies that the woman's clothes are white, but it does not explicitly indicate whether those clothes consist of a dress or not. She could be wearing, for example, a white blouse and white pants.
 

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Oh, I didn't know that. Neither did the author of our textbook.
Thanks for the help, joadbres.
 
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