I had a good argument with myself over this one. :wink:Originally Posted by hopechest
If I was proofreading your writing I almost certainly would not mark that comma for deletion, for it its presence does not violate any grammar rule, as it follows a dependent clause. However, if I was doing a critique I might mention that it is unnecessary, as that clause is undoubtedly necessary for the sense of the sentence. Also, when speaking that sentence there would be no discernable pause. It is my opinion that the comma is not necessary but that its presence causes no problems.
(I hope I am making sense. It is early, and I haven't had my first cup of coffee yet.)
No, it is not. You don't need a comma before as unless as begins an explanatory clause. (In this case the explanatory clause is really the first one.)Originally Posted by hopechest
They are all good. By the way, one thing to remember about parenthetical expressions is that if you use one comma use them both. That is, use both or neither. To use one and not the other might be confusing.Originally Posted by hopechest
It looks to me like you are doing fine. A good "rule" to remember is when in doubt leave it out. (That might not work well in practice, but at least it rhymes.)Originally Posted by hopechest
Feel free to post a sample of your writing (a paragraph or two or three or four) in the Poetry and Writing forum. (It is, of course, part of the bigger forum. On most forums it would be called a folder.)