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Dear Ted:

Which of the following is correct?

1) In this sentence, there is repetition of the word "assume."

2) In this sentence, there is A repetition of the word "assume."

If both are possible, do they mean the same thing?

If so, which would you use?

Regarding punctuation, is it correct to use a comma after "in this sentence"?

Many, many thanks for your kind help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

1) In this sentence, there is repetition of the word "assume."

2) In this sentence, there is A repetition of the word "assume."

If both are possible, do they mean the same thing?

If so, which would you use?

*** They mean the same thing, and both are acceptable.  I, personally, would use
the second sentence, because I like the "a" before "repetition."  Other people might
choose the first version.

Regarding punctuation, is it correct to use a comma after "in this sentence"?

*** Yes, it is an introductory prepositional phrase, and separating it from the rest
of the sentence makes for clarity.

Ted

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