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    Question Comma

    First I want to check to make sure this is okay. I'm a 47 year old mom who has son in fourth grade. He has 20 sentences to do and I did all but one of them. I am unsure if the sentence needs one or two commas.

    See James, here is a sculpture of children.

    See, James, here is a sculpture of children.

    I think the first is right but now I'm second-guessing myself.

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    Re: Comma

    I'm appalled at my lack of observation. I skim-read the question and answered. I've deleted my response even though it's probably too late. The OP has probably seen it already.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Comma

    Rdhorstmann, you are doing your son no favours at all by doing his homework for him. His teacher is going to get a very warped view of his abilities if he submits homework he did not do himself. How is his teacher supposed to work out where his strengths and weaknesses lie?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Comma

    Hello and welcome to you Rdhorstmann, and to your son.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rdhorstmann View Post
    First, I want to check to make sure this is okay. I'm a 47-year-old mom who has a son in fourth grade. He has 20 sentences to do, and I did all but one of them. I am unsure if the sentence needs one or two commas.
    See above corrections. What we're saying is that you're really doing your son no favours by doing his homework for him. It's admirable that you as a mum are prepared to help your son, but it's very important that you don't do the work for him. He needs to do that himself. Otherwise, he'll end up learning nothing, which is not what you want, I'm sure.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rdhorstmann View Post
    I think the first is right, but now I'm second-guessing starting to doubt myself.
    "Second-guess" has a different meaning.
    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dict...h/second-guess

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    Re: Comma

    Remember that the purpose of going to school is to learn, not to get a report card. If your son doesn't learn how to write, he'll have very limited prospects when he grows up.
    I am not a teacher.

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