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    The word Which

    What are the rules as far as placing a comma along with the word "which." Thanks in advance for your help.

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    Re: The word Which

    Hi,
    If you put commas before and after your "which phrase", it means the info put in "which phrase" is not necessary, and it just gives the readers some extra info...
    Ex: "That tree, which is the tallest in the area, belongs to my grandpa" (not necessary)
    While:
    Ex: "Let's have a photo of that tree which is the longest in the area." (necessary)

    At times using commas may result in a change in meaning:
    Ex: "The eggs which were rotten were thrown into the bin." (Just the "rotten" ones)
    Ex: "The eggs, which were rotten, were thrown into the bin." (This means all of the eggs were rotten)
    Hope this works...


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    It does help, thank you.


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    Can you tell me if this sentence is correct with the comma?:

    "The boy's knee contacted the pavement of the parking lot, which resulted in a deep laceration to the skin and a small fracture of his knee cap."

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    Re: The word Which

    You're welcome...
    It's bang right...Note that in this sentence, "which" refers not to an individual word, but to the whole event resulting in knee fracture (the cause), and you've put the comma in the right place...wish you joy&luck...

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    #6

    Re: The word Which

    Hi Paul,

    Your use of "which" is just fine, but "contacted" is an odd choice. For him to get so badly hurt, it sounds like his knee "slammed into" or "smashed down on." "Contacted" could be just a touch.

    {not a teacher}


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    Re: The word Which

    Thanks for your thoughts. I agree that "contacted" downplays the extent of the incident; however, in the arena in which I work, expressive terms are deemed inappropriate. If I wrote "smashed, slammed, etc...," the report would be returned to me with a note to eliminate such terminology.

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