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    Is comma needed/more superior?

    In all honesty, I did not expect Singapore to beat Vietnam(,) as Vietnam were far more superior in terms of teamwork, fitness, passing and movements.

    1. Is a comma needed after "Vietnam"?

    2. Is it correct to use "more superior"?

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    Re: Is comma needed/more superior?

    1. yes

    2. no.

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    Re: Is comma needed/more superior?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    1. yes

    2. no.
    Although I too would put a comma after "Vietnam," would it really be incorrect not to?

    If one were to replace "as" with "because," I wouldn't put a comma after "Vietnam."

    Why is "more superior" incorrect?

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    Re: Is comma needed/more superior?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    Why is "more superior" incorrect?
    "Superior" is already a comparative adjective. It means better, greater, higher and so on.

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    Re: Is comma needed/more superior?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    Although I too would put a comma after "Vietnam," would it really be incorrect not to?

    If one were to replace "as" with "because," I wouldn't put a comma after "Vietnam."

    Why is "more superior" incorrect?
    Could somebody please comment on Jasmin's question which I have highlighted? Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Is comma needed/more superior?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Could somebody please comment on Jasmin's question which I have highlighted? Thanks in advance.
    See Birdeens Call's post no. 4

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    Re: Is comma needed/more superior?

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnson_F View Post
    See Birdeens Call's post no. 4
    I think Tan Elaine meant this:

    Although I too would put a comma after "Vietnam," would it really be incorrect not to?

    If one were to replace "as" with "because," I wouldn't put a comma after "Vietnam."
    I didn't answer this question, because I didn't know!

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    Re: Is comma needed/more superior?

    Yes, it would be incorrect not to.
    There is a pause there in speech, and the pause (and comma) are necessary to avoid the possibility of "Vietnam as Vietnam", which could make sense in some contexts.
    "I expected Singapore to win in some of the provincial matches in Vietnam, but I did not expect Singapore to beat Vietnam as Vietnam."

    Of course, that's not the most convincing example, but the use of a comma in such circumstances is to prevent the reader from having to read the sentence twice. A comma should be used if it's likely or possible that a phrase is going to lead a reader astray - though the likelihood in this case is low.

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