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    comma

    Dear Friends,

    Look at the following sentence:


    For example, when, on entering her sonís untidy room, a mother says to her son I love children who keep their rooms clean, she may be simply alluding to her expectation or desire for her son to clean up his room.

    My question is:

    Should I put a comma after 'room', since I am using 'on entering her son's untidy room' in a restrictive sense? I suppose the comma is not needed but what do you natives think?

    Thanks a lot.

    Palinkasocsi

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    Re: comma

    Personally I wouldn't put one there. I am sure there will be others with different ideas.

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    Re: comma

    I think it's needed because you are using commas to set off the phase "on entering her sonís untidy room." You start it with a comma by placing one after "when."

    I wouldn't use it if you wrote For example, when a mother enters her son's untidy room ...

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    #4

    Re: comma

    Either no comma or two (one before and one after the phrase in question).






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    Re: comma

    but if you place 'on entering her son’s untidy room' between commas, it can indicate that the sentence is non-defining. That is, you can omit this part; it is just additional to the sentence. Hm?

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    Re: comma

    Quote Originally Posted by palinkasocsi View Post
    but if you place 'on entering her son’s untidy room' between commas, it can indicate that the sentence is non-defining. That is, you can omit this part; it is just additional to the sentence. Hm?

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    Exactly, and if you removed it that would change the sentence, and in my mind, make it incomprehensible.

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    Re: comma

    It would change the sentence, but not necessarily make it incomprehensible. So then, opt for the "no comma" option - but don't have one to START that phrase and not one to END it.

    Or rewrite. When a mother enters her son's messy room and says, "...

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