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Do I need to put comma between sleep and hoping ?
Quickly and quietly, Maria, a young girl, went to sleep hoping to please her mom
Does comma between sleep hoping make any meaning difference ?
- Maria saw the woman using binoculars.
- Maria saw the woman, using binoculars.
In 1., the woman is using binoculars, and in 2., Maria is using them. The comma stops the participial phrase (using binoculars) from modifying the preceding noun (woman).
Your example sentence does not admit ambiguity, so a comma is unnecessary:
- Maria went to sleep hoping to please her mom.
I guess there is no need for any comma. Here we have the combination of two sentences where the subject of both verbs "went to sleep" and "hoping" is the same, so no need for a comma.
I think the comma does change the meaning.
Last edited by bhaisahab; 27-Nov-2010 at 19:04. Reason: Correction