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    grateful to him ... for

    1-I am grateful to him more than to any other writer for a series of wonderful short stories.
    2-I am grateful to him more than to any other writer, for a series of wonderful short stories.

    Are the sentences correct and is the comma necessary.

    I think it is. I think '1' means

    3-I am grateful to him for a series of wonderful short stories more than I am grateful to any other writer for a series of wonderful short stories.

    That can't possibly be the intended meaning.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    Re: grateful to him ... for

    A comma is not usually a precision tool. I agree that 3 is a highly unlikely interpretation, but I think that very few readers would be tempted to think of it. The great majority of readers would correctly interpret 1. In fact, the comma in 2 strikes me as odd, although I understand your reason for including it, and if you think about it it does remove the potential ambiguity.

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