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QUESTION: Hi Roy,

How are you? I hope you are fine. Your swift replies are very highly appreciated. Your answers are easy to understand and adorable. I hope that you will continue this service on this site. I want to ask a question that are these sentences punctuated correctly with commas:-

1) "First of all, when I came back home previously, you asked me for dinner. In reality, I was not in the mood for dinner."

2) "But the problem is not solved here, in fact, the problem is worsened."

3) "I am a researcher, and during my research, I found something very contrary to what these scholars believe."

Thanks in advance.

ANSWER: 1) "First of all, when I came back home previously, you asked me for dinner. In reality, I was not in the mood for dinner."

1) is OK


2) "But the problem is not solved here, in fact, the problem is worsened."

2) Separate sentence - "In fact, the problem is worsened."


3) "I am a researcher, and during my research, I found something very contrary to what these scholars believe."

3) No comma required after "research"

Hope that helps

http://www.mantex.co.uk/2009/08/31/english-language-commas/



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QUESTION: Thanks a lot Roy for your answer. In the third sentence, you said that there should be no comma after research. Can you explain why there shouldn't be a comma after "research"? For example, if write a sentence:-

"During my research, I found something very contrary to what these scholars believe."

Shouldn't there be a comma after "research" in the sentence.

Secondly, is the comma compulsory, optional, or necessary in the following sentences:-

1) "I would like to know why some people set off sentences with commas, as mentioned in the question" (Comma before "as")

2) "I would like to know why some people set off sentences with commas as mentioned in the question" (No comma before "as")

3) Comma is optional.



Thanks a lot.

ANSWER: The comma was not necessary in 3)

In your follow up question it IS necessary, because you have changed the sentence :-)

1) is correct

2) is acceptable - but 1) is preferable

3) Yes - optional here



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QUESTION: Hey Roy,

Thanks a lot for your answers. You said that comma after "research" is unnecessary. But even for the sake of argument if I put a comma after "research", will my sentence become completely wrong?


"I am a researcher, and during my research, I found something very contrary to what these scholars believe."


Thanks.

Answer
There isn't a simple right/wrong answer to this question

It's a question partly of taste, partly of where pauses need to be indicated

"I am a researcher, and during my research, I found something very contrary to what these scholars believe."

In this statement, the first comma is optional

the second is not necessary

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"Making the Grade" (Manchester University Press) 1990 "Studying Fiction" (Manchester University Press) 1991 "Marking Essays" (Clifton Press) 1993 "Revision and Examinations" (Clifton Press) 1993 "Writing Essays" (Clifton Ress) 1996 "Study Skills" (Clifton Press) 1996 "Electronic Writing" (Clifton Press) 1996 "Improve your Writing Skills" (Clifton Press) 2010 "Writing Essays 3.0" (Clifton Press) 2008 [computer program] "English Language 3.0" (Clifton Press) 2008 [computer program] "Study Skills 2.0" (Clifton Press) 2008 [computer program]

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My first degree was in mechanical engineering (HNC). I then switched to literary studies and philosophy. My second degree was a BA in English and American Literature (from Manchester University - UK). I also have an MA in Comparative Literary Studies, and my doctoral thesis (PhD) was in the relationship between literature and politics.

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