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    Punctuation before preposition..

    Was wondering if there can ever be a punctuation before a preposition.

    For example: He came, to the stadium

    In the above sentence, clearly a comma (punctuation) before a preposition ("to") is incorrect.

    Is this the case everytime or is there a case when punctuation before a preposition is considered ok.

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    Re: Punctuation before preposition..

    Quote Originally Posted by rambharosey View Post
    Was wondering if there can ever be a punctuation before a preposition.

    For example: He came, to the stadium

    In the above sentence, clearly a comma (punctuation) before a preposition ("to") is incorrect.

    Is this the case everytime or is there a case when punctuation before a preposition is considered ok.
    Yes, there can be. "He came to the station, to our meeting, and to his senses."

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    Re: Punctuation before preposition..

    In addition to Raymott's example, parenthetical phrases often begin with prepositions:

    'The law is considered (in most people's minds) to be an ass.'

    'It remains, between you and me, a complete fiasco.'

    'I swear I will never - despite threats of imprisonment - reveal your whereabouts.'

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    Re: Punctuation before preposition..

    This, for example, is a case in point.

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    Re: Punctuation before preposition..

    This could, from my POV, quickly get out of hand.

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    Re: Punctuation before preposition..

    She closed the thread, to the relief of everyone.
    (Not that I actually did...)
    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: Punctuation before preposition..

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    She closed the thread, to the relief of everyone.
    (Not that I actually did...)
    It would be a good thing, in my opinion, if you did.

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    Re: Punctuation before preposition..

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


    Hello, rambharosey:


    (1) You have asked an excellent question.

    (2) As you can see, our wonderful teachers are having a lot of fun in answering it.

    (3) But to be very serious: I believe that you are basically correct: a comma does NOT, in fact, go in front of a preposition.

    (a) One poster gave an example of a series, such as:

    I go to school, to church, and to work.

    (i) But IMHO that is really just a short way of saying: I go to school, [and I go] to church, [and I go] to work.

    (b) The other posters all had parenthetical expressions. That is, some words that are just "thrown" into a sentence. They are

    not necessary to the basic meaning of the sentence: "The Parser, of course, is stupid" or "The Parser is stupid, of course." Since all

    parenthetical expressions are set off (separated) by comma(s), that is the reason why there is a comma in front of the preposition


    "of." (NOTE: Of course, The Parser is stupid.)


    HAVE A NICE DAY!

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    Re: Punctuation before preposition..

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    But to be very serious: I believe that you are basically correct: a comma does NOT, in fact, go in front of a preposition.
    Basically, TheParser is right. We would not expect to use a comma after a main proposition and before a prepositional phrase associated with it. The fun people have been having is, I think, partly a reaction to glib , over-simplified 'rules'. The original question used the words 'ever' and 'every time', and people reponded to those.

    It's one reason why I never use the words 'never' and 'always' in my posts, something I have always kept to.



    ps, I was referring to self-appointed rule-makers, not to rambharosey, when I used the words 'glib' and 'over-simplified'.

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    Re: Punctuation before preposition..

    A few weeks ago, I re-read Oliver Twist and noticed some odd commas and think that Dickens used some commas before prepositions that looked very strange to me- I will try to find an example.

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