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    With an Interim rail pass...do we need the comma?

    With an Interim rail pass, discover up to 30 European countries by train.

    I am confused here. I think using a comma would be a comma splice, but again it sets off with a prepositional phrase - so does it need a comma?

    Thanks in advance

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    #2

    Re: With an Interim rail pass...do we need the comma?

    Quote Originally Posted by sahanav View Post
    With an Interim rail pass, discover up to 30 European countries by train.

    I am confused here. I think using a comma would be a comma splice, but again it sets off with a prepositional phrase - so does it need a comma?

    Thanks in advance
    No comma is necessary.

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    #3

    Re: With an Interim rail pass...do we need the comma?

    Thanks. But, may I know why?

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    #4

    Re: With an Interim rail pass...do we need the comma?

    Quote Originally Posted by sahanav View Post
    Thanks. But, may I know why?
    For the same reason you didn't need a comma after "But". There is no required pause in the sentence. In fact, your post should have read "Thanks, but may I know why?" We don't normally start a sentence with the word "but" - there are exceptions. There was no need to make your post into two separate sentences.

    I should point out that I agree with bhaisahab's post #2 that the comma is not necessary. However, I would probably use one in your example sentence. Sometimes commas are optional.

    By the way, are you sure it's an "Interim Rail Pass", not an "InterRail Pass"?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: With an Interim rail pass...do we need the comma?

    Quote Originally Posted by sahanav View Post
    With an Interim rail pass, discover up to 30 European countries by train.

    I am confused here. I think using a comma would be a comma splice, but again it sets off with a prepositional phrase - so does it need a comma?

    Thanks in advance
    A comma splice is created by separating two independent clauses with only a comma. Your sentence does not have two independent clauses.

    I would use the comma in your sentence, but it is not mandatory.

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    Re: With an Interim rail pass...do we need the comma?

    A comma isn't part of the language, but is just a strange Italian Renaissance import. I swear, I never, ever use them.

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    Re: With an Interim rail pass...do we need the comma?

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    A comma isn't part of the language, but is just a strange Italian Renaissance import. I swear, I never, ever use them.

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