[Grammar] bought a new dress, which....

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I'm unsure if I should place a comma before 'which' in the following sentence.

1) I bought a new dress, which I will be wearing to Suzanne’s party.

2) I remember having read somewhere that it's either no comma or two commas. If it has to be this way, then the above sentence should not carry a comma after the word 'dress'.

Thank you for teaching me! :-D
 

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Are you suggesting that any sentence should have a minimum of two commas if it has any commas at all? What a strange suggestion. That would make sentences like "However, I could not find my keys" incorrect. It's not.
 

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No no....I really don't know what's the rule. I remember having read in some grammar books that it's either no comma or two commas in the context of using 'which' I think....unless I'd remembered wrongly
 

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You are remembering the rule partially. When we have a non-defining clause, headed by "which", it is set off by commas unless it ends the sentence. The commas indicate that the information is supplementary.
 

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Your sentence is fine. There is no reason for more than one comma. It's perfect.
 

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'The new dress, which I will be wearing to Suzanne’s party, was bought last week.'
'The new dress which I will be wearing to Suzanne’s party was bought last week.'

I think the OP means the above.
 

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2) I remember having read somewhere that it's either no comma or two commas.

Either your memory is wrong or the source- either way, this is not the case.
 

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'I bought a new dress which I will be wearing to Suzanne’s party.'

Would the restrictive clause suggest the speaker kept in mind that she would be wearing it to Suzanne’s party while buying it?
 

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'The new dress, which I will be wearing to Suzanne’s party, was bought last week.'
'The new dress which I will be wearing to Suzanne’s party was bought last week.'

I think the OP means the above.

Yes, Matthew Wai, that was what I meant. Is it okay to write the sentence with either two commas or without any comma? Personally, I feel there's it's fine both ways. However, I don't know if it's acceptable, grammatically.

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Either your memory is wrong or the source- either way, this is not the case.

This means it's alright to use just a comma? Just to clarify.....

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Personally, I feel there's it's fine both ways. However, I don't know if it's acceptable, grammatically.
I think both are grammatical but they mean differently.
 

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Ocean, your original sentence has the clause at the end. There are not places for two commas in it.
 
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