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  1. Key Member
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    Nonessential clause

    "And yet ... the Bobcats are making one sunny announcement after another. Over a ten week span beginning in February, they announced Jordan as majority owner, their first All-Star (in Gerald Wallace) and their first playoff appearance. Under Larry Brown, the Bobcats finished last season with the best-rated defense in the NBA. Jordan recently bought a house in Charlotte, and splits time with Chicago where his children live."

    Shouldn't there be a comma before "where"?


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    Re: Nonessential clause

    I would have put one there, yes.

    It's not like there's another Chicago where his children don't live that we may confuse it with.

    (There probably are other places name Chicago in the entire world, but his children's presence there is not what is defining which Chicago we mean.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Nonessential clause

    Well put.


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