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    #1

    Using a comma before ", a further charge may apply..."

    Hi

    Could someone please tell me if the comma before 'a further charge...' is necessary?

    "If we do not hear from you within fourteen days we will assume that you no longer wish to continue with treatment and should you wish to restart treatment at a later date, a further charge may apply (where applicable)."

    I can't decide if the comma is required or not.

    Many thanks

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    Re: Using a comma before ", a further charge may apply..."

    I wouldn't use one there unless I put one before should.
    Last edited by Tdol; 30-Jun-2017 at 16:07.

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    #3

    Re: Using a comma before ", a further charge may apply..."

    I would break that into two sentences:

    If we do not hear from you within fourteen days we will assume that you no longer wish to continue with treatment. Should you wish to restart treatment at a later date, a further charge may apply (where applicable).



    I don't really see a need for the bracketed 'where applicable'. Your use of 'may' tells us that the further charge is only a possibility.

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