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    • Join Date: Jan 2007
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    need comma help.

    i have two phrase that i'm having trouble with.

    1. They walk out on deck ( ) carrying small gages. ( i think there goes a comma, but i could be wrong)

    i think there could be a comma because i can phrases it like this:

    2. They walk out on deck and carry small gages.
    the other one is.

    3. The truck rams the car, sending it careening down the exit ramp.
    (i'd say yes , a comma.)

    • Join Date: May 2006
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    Re: need comma help.

    Hi, Market,
    It's a good question. I think if a participial clause refers to the last word, we don't need a comma; if it refers to all the main clause, we do. I wish I were sure.
    There are some jokes based on the absence of comma.

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    Re: need comma help.

    I don't see the need for the comma in the first. The second describes the consequence of the ramming, but the first describes the subjects as they came onto the deck.

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