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    commas part II

    John was alone in his office when a woman walked in. She took out a gun from her purse and told John to drop the case and then left. John told the police that the woman, of about 50 years of age, spoke with a slight lisp.


    I am pretty sure that the sentence works with the commas, but would it be wrong if I took them out. There is one woman only, so "of about 50 years of age" does not really distinguish her from any other woman. But I wonder if one could not interpret "the woman of about 50 years of age" as one big chunk of a noun, or something of that sort. In short, are the commas absolutely necessary?
    Last edited by azz; 31-Jul-2010 at 01:30.

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