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    Nordic Bill is offline Member
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    Default Punctuation (comma)

    Here's a simple sentence relating to a prediction (of a marriage doomed from the start, a risky business venture, etc.):

    "I give them two years tops".

    "Tops" meaning "a maximum of".

    Question: should one insert a comma between years and tops here or is that unnecessary?

    Bill

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    Default Re: Punctuation (comma)

    I get at best, a prepositional phrase in form and an adverb in function.

    I give them two years at best.
    I give them two years, at best.
    At best, I give them two years.

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    Default Re: Punctuation (comma)

    But of course! Why didn't I think of that?! Glad to see the comma is optional as well, which more than answers my question.

    Thank you muchly!

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