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    Are commas needed next to 'please'?

    Can you, please, provide me with some examples of this use?

    I told a friend of mine that there should be no comma after 'you' and after 'please' in the above sentence.

    He told me, "Sometimes what choice of words/punctuation an author uses in certain expressions is completely at his discretion. This means if I ever say the sentence in real life I would like to take a little pause before and after please. I don't think I'm flouting any of the grammar rules by doing this."

    Is he correct? What he said seems logical. However, is that how a native would speak or punctuate?

    Many thanks in advance.

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    Re: Are commas needed next to 'please'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Can you, please, provide me with some examples of this use?

    I told a friend of mine that there should be no comma after 'you' and after 'please' in the above sentence.

    He told me, "Sometimes what choice of words/punctuation an author uses in certain expressions is completely at his discretion. This means if I ever say the sentence in real life I would like to take a little pause before and after please. I don't think I'm flouting any of the grammar rules by doing this."

    Is he correct? What he said seems logical. However, is that how a native would speak or punctuate?

    Many thanks in advance.
    There's no need for commas here. The sentence is short enough, and the adverbial component also short enough, that commas are not needed for clarity. One wouldn't normally pause here in speaking, nor use commas in writing.
    If you friend wants to emphasise "please", he can use italics:
    "Can you please provide me with some examples of this use?"
    There's no grammatical need for commas here.
    On the other hand, he is right about the discretionary use of commas. He can use them where likes as long as it doesn't lead to ambiguity.

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