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    Question Using commas

    I'm wondering if there should be commas after 'eyelashes', 'jacket', 'treadmill', or 'forehead' in the following sentences:

    She blinked her eyelashes wiping her tears on a tissue.

    She unbuttoned her jacket dropping it to the floor.

    She ran on the treadmill counting her heartbeats as she did so.

    She kissed his forehead whispering that she loved him.


    I'd also like a solid explanation as to why or why not. I'd appreciate any and all help.

    ~ lady_aubrey

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    Default Re: Using commas

    Using commas
    This may help.
    All the best!

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    Default Re: Using commas

    Thank you. I've read that (and other comma guides) before, but couldn't find an example that matched mine. I'm afraid I'm still unsure. Does question 8-2b apply?

    ~ lady_aubrey

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    Default Re: Using commas

    In all of your example I would insert commas; there are two consecutive actions.

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    Default Re: Using commas

    Thanks! That example was extremely helpful. But I guess the remaining question is: since none of my examples had the same potential for ambiguity, are the commas still required? Or is it a judgement call?

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    Default Re: Using commas

    In my view, they are required. Try reading them aloud.

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    Default Re: Using commas

    That's how I felt about it, too, but I'm using this information to edit for someone else, so I really wanted to have a solid reason for requiring these commas. Nothing worse than "correcting" something that wasn't in error in the first place. Thanks so much, everyone.

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