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    Sometimes Donna dreamed about Bella

    Would you please take a look at my sentences and correct my mistakes? I am wondering about the commas in my sentences. Do I need a comma after "Bella", and "Sam". Are they compulsory or optional?


    Sometimes Donna dreamed about Bella her black poodle, which died years ago. She also dreamed about Sam the white tomcat, which now slept peacefully beside her.

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    Re: Sometimes Donna dreamed about Bella

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    Would you please take a look at my sentences and correct my mistakes? I am wondering about the commas in my sentences. Do I need a comma after "Bella", and "Sam". Are they compulsory or optional?


    Sometimes Donna dreamed about Bella, her black poodle, which died years ago. She also dreamed about Sam​, the white tomcat that now slept peacefully beside her.
    Since the animals have names, I think you have the option of saying "who" rather than "which" or "that."

    I think the British would say "which" rather than "that."
    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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    Re: Sometimes Donna dreamed about Bella

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    I think the British would say "which" rather than "that."
    After a comma, we don't use that. However, with named animals, who sounds more natural to me. Pets are like people.

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