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    comma usage

    My job consisted of playing stimulating activities to a group of studentswhile taking into consideration, for many, English was not their native language.

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    Re: comma usage

    Quote Originally Posted by somerset53 View Post
    My job involved organising stimulating activities for a group of students while taking into consideration that for many, English was not their native language.
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    Re: comma usage

    Rover's suggestion: My job involved organising stimulating activities for a group of students while taking into consideration that for many , English was not their native language.

    That comma appears illogical to me. The minimalist side of me goes for #1 below, my comma-friendly side is happier with #2:

    My job involved organising stimulating activities for a group of students while taking into consideration that for many English was not their native language.

    My job involved organising stimulating activities for a group of students while taking into consideration that, for many, English was not their native language.

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    That comma appears illogical to me

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    Re: comma usage

    Quote Originally Posted by somerset53 View Post
    My job consisted of playing stimulating activities to a group of studentswhile taking into consideration, for many, English was not their native language.
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    (1) You will find that people have a difference of opinion when it comes

    to using commas.

    (2) I agree that there are three choices:

    (a) You must realize that, for many, English is a second language.

    (b) You must realize that for many, English is a second language.

    (c) You must realize that for many English is a second language.

    (3) When I was going to school (many, many years ago), I was

    taught to put commas in front of so-called parenthetical

    elements (that is, extra information that is not necessary).

    Probably some people would feel that "for many" is parenthetical,

    thus writing sentence (a). In speech, they would pause before and

    after the words "for many."

    Other people might consider "for many" as necessary information.

    Thus they would write sentence (c).

    There are also many people who would write sentence (b),

    although I would never do so.

    If your teacher is an older person, I would guess that s/he

    would prefer sentence (a).

    Probably younger teachers prefer sentence (c) or even

    sentence (b).

    Please let us know what answer your teacher gave.

    *****NOT A TEACHER *****

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