Should commas surround the word, "indeed" when it appears in the middle of a sentence?
To add to Tony's answer:
When used mid-sentence, as an interjection, you enclose it with commas. The previous sentence includes an example of an interjection -- also called a parenthetical phrase. But not every mid-sentence usage of indeed is an interjection. The previous sentence is such a case.
The rules for commas are not based on individual words. Rather, commas are placed according to how a word, phrase, or clause is used in a sentence. If "indeed" can be removed from the sentence without changing the fundamental meaning of the sentence, it is a interjection/parenthetical that should be enclosed with commas. If "indeed" cannot be removed -- that is, it is integral to the meaning of the sentence -- it should not be enclosed.
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