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    Where should the comma(s) go in this sentence?

    This sentence just doesn't feel right! Is it missing a comma?

    Mary was the manager in what was the town's best bar.

    Would these be better?

    (1) Mary was the manager in, what was the town's best bar.


    (2) Mary was the manager in, what was, the town's best bar.


    (3) Mary was the manager in (what was) the town's best bar.

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    Re: Where should the comma(s) go in this sentence?

    No and no; in fact all your alternatives are simply wrong.

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    Re: Where should the comma(s) go in this sentence?

    Mary was the manager in what was the town's best bar.

    You don't need commas in this sentence.

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    Re: Where should the comma(s) go in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    No and no; in fact all your alternatives are simply wrong.

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    Thanks!

    Maybe I have a comma obsession. In your response above I would have written

    "in fact, all your alternatives are simply wrong"

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    Re: Where should the comma(s) go in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaggers View Post
    Thanks!

    Maybe I have a comma obsession. In your response above I would have written

    "In fact, all your alternatives are simply wrong".
    With "In fact", the comma is optional.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Where should the comma(s) go in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    With "In fact", the comma is optional.
    I'm glad to know that! I was quite ready to be told my practice was wrong.

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