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    #1

    bought a new dress, which....

    I'm unsure if I should place a comma before 'which' in the following sentence.

    1) I bought a new dress, which I will be wearing to Suzanne’s party.

    2) I remember having read somewhere that it's either no comma or two commas. If it has to be this way, then the above sentence should not carry a comma after the word 'dress'.

    Thank you for teaching me!

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    #2

    Re: bought a new dress, which....

    Are you suggesting that any sentence should have a minimum of two commas if it has any commas at all? What a strange suggestion. That would make sentences like "However, I could not find my keys" incorrect. It's not.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: bought a new dress, which....

    No no....I really don't know what's the rule. I remember having read in some grammar books that it's either no comma or two commas in the context of using 'which' I think....unless I'd remembered wrongly

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    #4

    Re: bought a new dress, which....

    You are remembering the rule partially. When we have a non-defining clause, headed by "which", it is set off by commas unless it ends the sentence. The commas indicate that the information is supplementary.

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    #5

    Re: bought a new dress, which....

    Your sentence is fine. There is no reason for more than one comma. It's perfect.

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    #6

    Re: bought a new dress, which....

    'The new dress, which I will be wearing to Suzanne’s party, was bought last week.'
    'The new dress which I will be wearing to Suzanne’s party was bought last week.'

    I think the OP means the above.
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    #7

    Re: bought a new dress, which....

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceanlike View Post
    2) I remember having read somewhere that it's either no comma or two commas.
    Either your memory is wrong or the source- either way, this is not the case.

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    #8

    Re: bought a new dress, which....

    'I bought a new dress which I will be wearing to Suzanne’s party.'

    Would the restrictive clause suggest the speaker kept in mind that she would be wearing it to Suzanne’s party while buying it?
    I am not a teacher.

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    #9

    Re: bought a new dress, which....

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'The new dress, which I will be wearing to Suzanne’s party, was bought last week.'
    'The new dress which I will be wearing to Suzanne’s party was bought last week.'

    I think the OP means the above.
    Yes, Matthew Wai, that was what I meant. Is it okay to write the sentence with either two commas or without any comma? Personally, I feel there's it's fine both ways. However, I don't know if it's acceptable, grammatically.

    Thank you!

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    #10

    Re: bought a new dress, which....

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Either your memory is wrong or the source- either way, this is not the case.
    This means it's alright to use just a comma? Just to clarify.....

    Thank you!

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