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    Question A comma before depending on

    "The usage of this word widely varies depending on a region of the country."

    1. Should or should not a comma be put before the "depending"? (My vote is for "no".)
    2. Is the indefinite article before the "region" fine? (My vote is for "yes".)

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    Re: A comma before depending on

    Quote Originally Posted by nyggus View Post
    "The usage of this word widely varies depending on a region of the country."

    1. Should or should not a comma be put before the "depending"? (My vote is for "no".)
    2. Is the indefinite article before the "region" fine? (My vote is for "yes".)

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    Nyggus
    I would say:
    The usage of this word varies widely depending on the region of the country. (much better than "widely varies")
    Should a comma be put before "depending"? (no "the" before "depending", and no "the" before region)

    I also would not put a comma before "depending".
    You need "the", not "a", before region. [usage varies depending the regions of the country, not just (one)(a) region] This is a little confusing; if you don't understand, please ask.

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    Re: A comma before depending on

    Quote Originally Posted by nyggus View Post
    "The usage of this word widely varies depending on a region of the country."
    You're right. A comma isn't required. This part, depending on a region of the country explains why the usage widely varies.


    Quote Originally Posted by nyggus
    2. Is the indefinite article before the "region" fine? (My vote is for "yes".)
    Wrong vote.
    ... depending on the region.

    The is a definer; it goes with defined phrases, like this elliptical one,

    ... the region of the country (that it's used in).


    As for widely varies and varies widely, both work. The second one is more common / commoner, but that doesn't make it "more English /Englisher."

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