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    #1

    Five minutes later than planned, Kevin opened the door

    Hello.

    Are the following sentences grammatically correct?

    "Five minutes later than planned, Kevin opened the door of his apartment, and saw his friend Tim sitting on his couch."

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: Five minutes later than planned, Kevin opened the door

    The second comma doesn't belong there. Without the comma, it's grammatically but not logically correct -- unless the plan was to open the door and see Tim on the couch.
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    #3

    Re: Five minutes later than planned, Kevin opened the door

    Dear GoesStation: First of all, thanks for your help.

    Part of the plan was that Kevin opened the door in a certain time.

    "Five minutes later than planned Kevin opened the door of his apartment, and saw his friend Tim sitting on his couch."

    Is that correct?

    Thanks.

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    #4

    Re: Five minutes later than planned, Kevin opened the door

    GoesStation said to keep the first comma and remove the second. (You've done the opposite.)

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    #5

    Re: Five minutes later than planned, Kevin opened the door

    Quote Originally Posted by Nikitus View Post
    Part of the plan was that Kevin would opened the door at in a certain time.

    "Five minutes later than planned Kevin opened the door of his apartment, and saw his friend Tim sitting on his couch."
    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    GoesStation said to keep the first comma and remove the second. (You've done the opposite.)
    When you reinstate the first comma and remove the second, your sentence will suggest that the plan was for Kevin to open the door and see Tim sitting on the couch at a certain time. Since seeing Tim on the couch was not part of the plan, you have to revise the sentence.
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