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    Comma

    Should there really be a comma before "depending"? I wouldn't have put one there.

    "X shall appoint the majority of the Committee's members, that is, two or more persons, depending on the number of members."

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    Re: Comma

    /A member/

    Please, is this sentence correct?

    X shall appoint the majority of the Committee's members, what counts two or a few more persons, depending on the number of members.

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    Re: Comma

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    Should there really be a comma before "depending"? I wouldn't have put one there.
    I think it makes more sense to talk about putting a comma after a word, not before the following word.
    "X shall appoint the majority of the Committee's members, that is, two or more persons, depending on the number of members."
    I see no reason for a comma after "is".
    I think most people would put a comma after "persons", and I would too. The sentence's meaning would be clear without the comma, but it would be a bit awkward without the comma. There is a shift in thought between "persons" and "depending", so it is best two separate the two words/ideas with a comma.


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    Quote Originally Posted by e2e4 View Post
    /A member/

    Please, is this sentence correct?

    X shall appoint the majority of the Committee's members, what counts two or a few more persons, depending on the number of members.
    No, it's not correct. "what counts" is not correct. And why did you add "a few"? It could be just one more.

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    Your point on talking about putting a comma after a word instead of before the following word is right-on.

    In legal writing, a dash or comma is usually placed after the word that precedes "that is" and a comma after "that is." Based on my reading of legal texts, I'd say that that comma is a must.

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    Re: Comma

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    Your point on talking about putting a comma after a word instead of before the following word is right-on.

    In legal writing, a dash or comma is usually placed after the word that precedes "that is" and a comma after "that is." Based on my reading of legal texts, I'd say that that comma is a must.
    I have no particular knowledge of or interest in legal writing, but in regular English I see 'that is two or more persons' as a single idea. So I see no need for a comma within.

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