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    for/to all intents and purposes (at the end of a sentence, comma?)

    Hi,

    - The book is a duplication of earlier efforts, for/to all intents and purposes.

    I would like to ask if a comma is required before the adverb 'for all intents and purposes.'

    Thanks.

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    Re: for/to all intents and purposes (at the end of a sentence, comma?)

    It's "to all intents and purposes" (in BrE at least). I would use the comma. Others wouldn't. However, I would probably reverse the contents of the sentence and write "To all intents and purposes, the book is a duplication of earlier efforts".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: for/to all intents and purposes (at the end of a sentence, comma?)

    As an AmE speaker, I would use "for all intents and purposes". I would use the comma.

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    Re: for/to all intents and purposes (at the end of a sentence, comma?)

    I'd leave out the whole phrase and instead I'd explain how the book was a duplication of earlier efforts. Is it a duplication of an earlier book? Or were the efforts expended in producing this book a duplication of ealier efforts?
    (If I had to use the phrase, I'd use 'for'.)

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