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    Punctuation doubt

    Hi,
    As the English philosopher John Stuart Mill said: “Genius can only breathe freely in an atmosphere of freedom.”

    Is a comma required after "English philosopher" in the sentence above?

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    Re: Punctuation doubt

    Welcome to the forum, Sartre.

    No, it isn't.

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    Re: Punctuation doubt

    Bonjour, Jean-Paul!

    Your thread's title should have been Punctuation Question. "Doubt" is not a proper replacement for "question".
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 20-Jul-2016 at 20:12. Reason: Fixed typo
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    Re: Punctuation doubt

    Does it not come under apposition, that is two elements, normally noun phrases, placed side by side, with one element serving to identify the other in a different way?

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    Re: Punctuation doubt

    I think there shouldn't be a comma as he's not the only philosopher England has produced; it would look weird with a comma to me. It's not apposition here IMO.

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    Re: Punctuation doubt

    Sorry- we were posting at the same time and I hadn't seen your post. I don't see it as apposition, but a complete phrase of one element. However, others may see it as two elements- let's see what they say.

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