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    Explaining the findings on Thursday, the chief executive of the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, Chua Hoi-wai, said the government had to do more to solve the problem of youth poverty, from boosting the number of publicly funded university places and expanding vocational education, to raising the minimum wage and boosting the housing supply.

    I don't understand why a comma was added before "from boosting"
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    It seems like a natural pause to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It seems like a natural pause to me.
    ....the government had to do more from boosting the number of publicly funded university places and expanding vocational education?

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    #4

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    No. The government had to do more, from boosting ... and expanding ... ., to raising ... .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    No. The government had to do more, from boosting ... and expanding ... ., to raising ... .
    Is there any difference in meaning if no comma is added?

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    Yes. It's more difficult to read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anniebobo View Post
    Is there any difference in meaning if no comma is added?
    With a comma, it has meaning. Without the comma, it doesn't:

    "The goverment had to do more from boosting" doesn't make sense. Using the comma ends the phrase at "more," which DOES make sense: The government had to do more.

    But the second comma, the one between "education" and "to," is wrong.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    The second comma is not grammatically necessary, and you could argue that it's grammatically wrong. But in that sentence it's a natural pause. It would be better to amend the sentence.
    I don't understand why the author has written "from X and Y, to W and Z." There's not much of a differentiation to be made there.
    Also, using 'boosting' twice like that is inelegant.

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    I'd use the first, but not the second.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I'd use the first, but not the second.
    That's how I feel. Reading it aloud shows that there's a natural pause anyway, without adding a comma that only adds more clutter to an already cluttered sentence.
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