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    Question Maybe

    Hello,
    This sentence,

    "Maybe the crystal size is around ...." should i add comma(,) between maybe and the??


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    -kahhong

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    Re: Maybe

    Here's a great piece of advice:

    "Listen" to what you are writing. Imagine you are speaking the sentence instead of writing it. If you come to a point where you would give a word a slight inflection or emphasis and pause, you probably could use a comma. A sentence that flows without a pause doesn't need a comma.

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    Re: Maybe

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Here's a great piece of advice:
    "Listen" to what you are writing. Imagine you are speaking the sentence instead of writing it. If you come to a point where you would give a word a slight inflection or emphasis and pause, you probably could use a comma. A sentence that flows without a pause doesn't need a comma.
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    Hi, All:
    Then, Casiopea, I think that both versions are possible. The use of a comma would be then possible if one wants to emphasize the beginning of the sentence (i.e., "maybe"). Then, this "maybe" word would have a bit different meaning than it has without a comma. Of course it is easier to hear it in the spoken language than to express it in writing. (I would say then: "Maaybeeee, the crystal size is around... ") Are my concepts at least a bit correct and understandable?

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    Re: Maybe

    Quote Originally Posted by nyggus
    Hi, All:
    Then, Casiopea, I think that both versions are possible. The use of a comma would be then possible if one wants to emphasize the beginning of the sentence (i.e., "maybe"). Then, this "maybe" word would have a bit different meaning than it has without a comma. Of course it is easier to hear it in the spoken language than to express it in writing. (I would say then: "Maaybeeee, the crystal size is around... ") Are my concepts at least a bit correct and understandable?
    I would say you are absolutely correct. The sentence would have a comma if the emphasis should fall on 'maybe', and would not have one if the emphasis should fall on any other word.

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    Re: Maybe

    I would agree.

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