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Dear Ted:

Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct?

1) The name is enclosed WITH commas.

2) The name is enclosed WITHIN commas.

As always, many, many thanks for your valuable help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct?

1) The name is enclosed WITH commas.

2) The name is enclosed WITHIN commas.

*** Both are correct.  

#1 means that the "enclosure" is made USING commas.

#2 means that you put something INSIDE an enclosure that has been made with the use of commas.

Both versions are acceptable and are used frequently.

Ted

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