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    Which sentence is correct?Do I need a comma after the words the Jurong Bird Park?

    Which sentence is correct?Do I need a comma after the words the Jurong Bird Park? If I use a comma after that word, is it wrong?
    (1) Home to over 8,000 birds from 600 species,the Jurong Bird Park holds the distinction of having the worlds tallest man-made waterfall.
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    (2) Home to over 8,000 birds from 600 species,the Jurong Bird Park,holds the distinction of having the worlds tallest man-made waterfall.

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    Re: Which sentence is correct?Do I need a comma after the words the Jurong Bird Park

    The second comma is not required. In fact it is wrong.

    Leave a space after a comma, full-stop or question mark.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: Which sentence is correct?Do I need a comma after the words the Jurong Bird Park

    How about "holds the reputation/title"?
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    Re: Which sentence is correct?Do I need a comma after the words the Jurong Bird Park

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    Hello, Thurahtun!

    A subject shouldn't be separated from its verb by a comma. The only situation in which it could happen that I can think of is if there's some interjected information.

    "Susanna Hoff is a beautiful woman."
    "The lead vocalist is a beautiful woman."

    "Susanna Hoff, the lead vocalist, is a beautiful woman."
    "The lead vocalist, Susanna Hoff, is a beautiful woman."




    "Home to over 8,000 birds from 600 species, the Jurong Bird Park, holds the distinction of having the world’s tallest man-made waterfall" seems incorrect to me; Home to over 8,000 birds from 600 species appears to be additional information related to the Jurong Bird Park, so it isn't the subject of the verb hold.

    Is "The Jurong Bird Park, home to over 8,000 birds from 600 species, has the world's tallest man-made waterfall" correct?

    Is there any other situation in which a subject may be separated from its verb by a comma you can think of?
    Last edited by Glizdka; 26-Feb-2020 at 12:18. Reason: Major post overhaul

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    Re: Which sentence is correct?Do I need a comma after the words the Jurong Bird Park

    Robbadob, please read this extract from the forum's Posting Guidelines:

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    Re: Which sentence is correct?Do I need a comma after the words the Jurong Bird Park

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    How about "holds the reputation/title"?
    There's nothing wrong with 'holds the distinction of'.

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    Re: Which sentence is correct?Do I need a comma after the words the Jurong Bird Park

    Quote Originally Posted by Glizdka View Post
    "Susanna Hoff is a beautiful woman."
    "The lead vocalist is a beautiful woman."

    "Susanna Hoff, the lead vocalist, is a beautiful woman."
    "The lead vocalist, Susanna Hoff, is a beautiful woman."
    Great example.

    (Susanna Hoffs. )

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    Re: Which sentence is correct?Do I need a comma after the words the Jurong Bird Park

    Quote Originally Posted by Glizdka View Post
    A subject shouldn't be separated from its verb by a comma. The only situation in which it could happen that I can think of is if there's some interjected information.
    Right.

    "Susanna Hoff, the lead vocalist, is a beautiful woman."
    "The lead vocalist, Susanna Hoff, is a beautiful woman."

    "Home to over 8,000 birds from 600 species, the Jurong Bird Park, holds the distinction of having the world’s tallest man-made waterfall" seems incorrect to me; Home to over 8,000 birds from 600 species appears to be additional information related to the Jurong Bird Park, so it isn't the subject of the verb hold.
    These two examples are not comparable, grammatically speaking.

    Firstly, in the 'Jurong Bird Park' example, only the green part can be sentence subject. That means that if you start off the sentence with the green part, and put the red part after, the red part must be surrounded by commas. This is because of the rule of not separating a subject from its verb. If you start off the sentence with the red part, and put the green part after, the green part mustn't be surrounded by commas.

    By contrast, both red and green parts in the 'Susanna Hoffs' example can act as subject. That's why you can reverse them. Because of this, both red and green parts can be surrounded by commas. However, if you start off the sentence with the red part, you don't have to use any commas, since the green part is appositive to the red part.

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