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    Can someone please tell me which comma rules apply in the following sentences: "It presents a view of his attitude towards and practical understanding of sanity" or "Their contribution was of equal if not larger stature" and finally, "What is the signicance of the balance of trade with and huge revenues from countries"?

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    Re: comma

    "It presents a view of his attitude towards, and practical understanding of, sanity"

    "Their contribution was of equal, if not larger, stature.

    "What is the signicance of the balance of trade with, and huge revenues from, countries"?

    Commas set off phrases from one another so that the reader undertands the meaning.

    What "rules" have you been studying that can help explain these sentences?

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    Re: comma

    Thanks a lot. Only, many socalled professional writers don't do this consistently, especially with short interjected phrases followed by a single word, e.g. like "stature" in one of the examples

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    Re: comma

    "It presents a view of his attitude towards, and practical understanding of, sanity"

    "Their contribution was of equal, if not larger, stature"

    In these two sentences, there are subsidiary qualifications which need identifying through either commas or brackets.

    "What is the significance of the balance of trade with and huge revenues from countries?"

    This sentence does not require commas.

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    Re: comma

    "What is the significance of the balance of trade with and huge revenues from countries?"

    Anyone can help me analyse this sentence? Please.

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    Re: comma

    Any help?

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    Re: comma

    "What is the significance of the balance of trade with and huge revenues from countries?"


    What / is / signficance
    of / balance
    of / trade
    with (countries)

    and

    of / revenues
    huge
    from / countries

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