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    Usage of comma

    Who am I? And how, I wonder, will this story end?

    Can you please tell/explain to me what kind of rules are used in the sentence above.

    Thanks in advance.

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    #2

    Re: Usage of comma

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    Who am I? And how, I wonder, will this story end?

    Can you please tell/explain to me what kind of rules are used in the sentence above.

    Thanks in advance.
    I wonder is an expression that interrupts the question: How will this story end?

    Here is the rule:
    Use commas to set off expressions that interrupt sentence flow.

    Example: I am, as you have probably noticed, very nervous
    about this.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    Who am I? And how, I wonder, will this story end?

    Can you please tell/explain to me what kind of rules are used in the sentence above.

    Thanks in advance.


    The phrase, "I wonder", after "how" is set off by commas because it interrupts the natural flow of the sentence. As well, the phrase, "I wonder" though relevant, is additional.

    And how will this story end?

    We can add I wonder to the sentence without breaking up the natural grammatical flow, and in this way the commas are not necessary.

    And I wonder how this story will end.

    Now we have a noun clause "how this story will end", which is the object of "wonder", instead of an interrogative sentence.

    I hope this helps. Let me know if you have a follow-up question or need additional clarification.


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    Re: Usage of comma

    Quote Originally Posted by PROESL View Post
    The phrase, "I wonder", after "how" is set off by commas because it interrupts the natural flow of the sentence. As well, the phrase, "I wonder" though relevant, is additional.

    And how will this story end?

    We can add I wonder to the sentence without breaking up the natural grammatical flow, and in this way the commas are not necessary.

    And I wonder how this story will end.

    Now we have a noun clause "how this story will end", which is the object of "wonder", instead of an interrogative sentence.

    I hope this helps. Let me know if you have a follow-up question or need additional clarification.


    May I know what does "instead of an interrogative sentence" in your sentence above. Please explain.

    Thank you all for answering my questions. I really appreciate it.

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    Re: Usage of comma

    Quote Originally Posted by PROESL View Post
    The phrase, "I wonder", after "how" is set off by commas because it interrupts the natural flow of the sentence. As well, the phrase, "I wonder" though relevant, is additional.

    And how will this story end?

    We can add I wonder to the sentence without breaking up the natural grammatical flow, and in this way the commas are not necessary.

    And I wonder how this story will end.

    Now we have a noun clause "how this story will end", which is the object of "wonder", instead of an interrogative sentence.

    I hope this helps. Let me know if you have a follow-up question or need additional clarification.

    Can you give me a link or site with this rule: Use commas to set off expressions that interrupt sentence flow.

    Thank you.

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    Re: Usage of comma

    How about this:

    He, too, was a farmer, like Juana's father.

    Can we also apply the above rule to this sentence(Use commas to set off expressions that interrupt sentence flow)? Please explain.

    Thank you.

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    Re: Usage of comma

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    How about this:

    He, too, was a farmer, like Juana's father.

    Can we also apply the above rule to this sentence(Use commas to set off expressions that interrupt sentence flow)? Please explain.

    Thank you.
    No, it's not the same. 'He too was a farmer, like Juana's father.' is correct.

    Compare: Who am I? And how, I wonder, will this story end? If we take out 'I wonder' we are left with a complete sentence, Who am I? And how will this story end?

    He, too, was a farmer, like Juana's father. If we take out 'was a farmer' what we are left with doesn't make sense, He too like Juana's father.
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    Re: Usage of comma

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    No, it's not the same. 'He too was a farmer, like Juana's father.' is correct.

    Compare; Who am I? And how, I wonder, will this story end? If we take out 'I wonder' we are left with a complete sentence, Who am I? And how will this story end?

    He, too, was a farmer, like Juana's father. If we take out 'was a farmer' what we are left with doesn't make sense, He too like Juana's father.
    So this is incorrect: He, too, was a farmer, like Juana's father.

    Please tell me if there are any errors in my post.

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    Re: Usage of comma

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    So this is incorrect: He, too, was a farmer, like Juana's father.

    Please tell me if there are any errors in my post.
    'He too was a farmer...' is a continuous phrase, the commas break it up in an unnatural way.

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    Re: Usage of comma

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    Can you give me a link or site with this rule: Use commas to set off expressions that interrupt sentence flow.

    Thank you.
    Commas | Punctuation Rules

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