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    #1

    Is the comma needed?

    A goalkeeper, who was part of the national team, Ali was playing football at the National Stadium when he jumped for the crossbar of the goalpost and hung on to it - only for the goalpost to collapse on him.

    Is the comma after "goalkeeper" needed?

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    #2

    Re: Is the comma needed?

    No. It's incorrect.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: Is the comma needed?

    Part of the national team, goalkeeper Ali was playing football at the National Stadium when he jumped for the crossbar of the goalpost and hung on to it - only to have the goalpost collapse on him.

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    #4

    Re: Is the comma needed?

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    Part of the national team, goalkeeper Ali was playing football at the National Stadium when he jumped for the crossbar of the goalpost and hung on to it - only to have the goalpost collapse on him.
    Thanks, andrew. You have rephrased my sentence. Can I conclude that the original sentence is awkward?

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    #5

    Re: Is the comma needed?

    Yes, your original sentence was awkward and incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: Is the comma needed?

    To me, the only thing wrong with the original sentence was the comma after "goalkeeper".
    I am not a teacher.

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    #7

    Re: Is the comma needed?

    It would be the crossbar that collapsed on him ... maybe a goalpost as well, but not before the crossbar gave way first.

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