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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.
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.'
This, for example, is a case in point.
This could, from my POV, quickly get out of hand.
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.
***** NOT A TEACHER *****
(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!
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'.
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.