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English as a Second Language/usage of the expression "moral support'


Dear Shannon,
Are the following two sentences grammatically correct?
1. When I failed my math test, my friends gave me moral support.
2. My friends gave me moral support when I failed my math test.

Yes, they are.  Typically, when we have a word or phrase separated from the main sentence by a comma, it indicates that is no longer in the 'standard' location of the sentence."


After I finish eating, I will go to town.
I will go to town after I finish eating.

Unfortunately, I can't find my book.
I unfortunately can't find my book.

We do this to provide more emphasis to a particular word or expression.


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Shannon Cole


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I have taught ESL and Spanish since 1998 at the university and middle school levels. I am a native of the U.S., and have taught in both the U.S. and Mexico.

I am owner and operator of, an online language school.

Georgia TESOL in Action (1999)

B.A. in Spanish; M.Ed. in Language Education

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