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I would like to know if I should use all commas:
By the way, I read the exact same thing yesterday.
I have already heard about his choice, which is, by the way, very sad.
You misspelled my name, by the way.
I believe that I should definitely use commas for the 2nd sentence.
What about sentence 1 and 3?
I do not think, you need a comma before ‘by the way’ in the second sentence as because it is a phrase functioning as adverb. Let us replace ‘by the way’ by another adverb ‘incidentally’ which means the same, see whether it sounds natural.
I have already heard about his choice, which is incidentally, very sad.
Please remember, where there is a pause in a sentence and an additional phrase(here it is ‘very sad’) is added, a comma precedes that insertion and is placed to complete it. As a practice, speak it.aloud and you will know if the sentence needs that pause.
Last edited by sarat_106; 10-May-2010 at 12:07.
Yes, you need them all.
You also need one here:
I have already heard about his choice, which is, incidentally, very sad.
If you don't put a comma before 'incidentally', why would you put one after it? If you removed 'incidentally', you'd have:
"... which is, very sad." which isn't right.
Speaking sentences aloud won't help with mandatory commas. This is only good for optional commas.