General Writing and Grammar Help/adverb / commas


 I was wondering if a comma should be placed before an adverb, in cases like:
"In another room of the same bar, Iris, Martha, and Stephanie all sit in a booth, talking."

I'm not sure if there should be a comma before "talking".

Hello Jason,

Based on the rules provided by the Purdue University Online Writing Lab -->

I believe that a comma could be appropriate (see #7) if you are indicating a pause in the sentence.  If not, the comma can be omitted as there is a tendency to use fewer commas than in the past.

Best regards,

Dr. D

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