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    should I use the second comma in the following sentence?

    Hi All,

    I want to know if I need the second comma in a sentence like 'The changes in A can not only be caused by, but also lead to, changes in B.'.

    Thanks!

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    Re: should I use the second comma in the following sentence?

    I'd feel very comfortable omitting the second comma. In fact, I'd prefer to omit the first comma as well.

    As a general rule, I think one should try to eliminate as many superfluous commas as possible. That is one of the usages that differentiates contemporary writing from that of the Victorians and Edwardians.

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    Re: should I use the second comma in the following sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by xupeng66 View Post
    Hi All,

    I want to know if I need the second comma in a sentence like 'The changes in A can not only be caused by, but also lead to, changes in B.'.

    Thanks!
    I have to disagree with Probus here (although I admit that there are legitimate differences in comma usage among users). I would use both commas. I would also change "can not' to "cannot". It is far more common. I would also insert "can" before "also".

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    Re: should I use the second comma in the following sentence?

    Minimizing commas is good, but if you decide to delete one of a pair - and these two commas obviously constitute a pair - you must delete the other.

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