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    Should I Use Comma Before 'Either' in This Scenario?

    "I wish to work as a dental specialist, either an endodontist or a prosthodontist."

    My friend suggested taking out the comma before 'either'.
    Is he right? Why?
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    Re: Should I Use Comma Before 'Either' in This Scenario?

    The comma belongs there. The part that comes after is explaining what you meant by "dental specialist" and should be set apart from it with a comma.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Should I Use Comma Before 'Either' in This Scenario?

    Quote Originally Posted by mnattw View Post
    "I wish to work as a dental specialist, either an endodontist or a prosthodontist."
    I take it to mean 'I wish to work as a dental specialist, who can be either an endodontist or a prosthodontist', where the relative clause is non-restrictive, so a comma is needed before it.
    I am not a teacher.

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