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hatgray

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Are the placements of my commas correct?

A criticism of XXX Company is that, by cloning companies, it is stifling innovation.
A criticism of XXX Company is that by cloning companies, it is stiffling innovation.

Or no commas at all? Thank you.

Kindly help.

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I'd use the first. "by cloning companies" is a parenthetical statement so should be enclosed between commas (or brackets). Without that phrase, you are still left with a grammatical sentence: A criticism of [company name] is that it is stifling innovation".
 

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I'd use the first. "by cloning companies" is a parenthetical statement so should be enclosed between commas (or brackets). Without that phrase, you are still left with a grammatical sentence: A criticism of [company name] is that it is stifling innovation".

But would it still be acceptable to use the second or even none at all?

Thank you so much. Appreciate the help.
 
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I would use both, and I think that Emsr2d2 meant the same, though I will let her confirm it. She talks of a parenthetical phrase, which requires two commas.
 

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So I can use either of the two, but not the one without commas?

Thank you. Appreciate it
 

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I would accept zero, one or two commas. I'd probably write it with two.
 

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Yes, I meant that both are acceptable but I'd use the first. I wouldn't be keen on a version with no commas.
 
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