Questions about use of commas
Hi, I have a couple of questions about the use of commas:
1. I use the Oxford comma in writing, and I thought there should be a comma after "Amy" in the sentence below, but Grammarly suggests I remove it. What do you think?
"I left Orkney with Andrew, Ian, Jack, and Amy and travelled with them as far as Edinburgh."
2. Is this sentence correct without commas?
"I soon discovered that he wasn’t Danish but Norwegian and that his name was Lars."
3. I thought that "my life force" in the sentence below should have commas around it because it is extra information, but Grammarly suggests that I remove them. What do you think?
"They opened up the place where I had shut the most vital part of myself away, the place where the passionate part of my nature, my life force, had been hiding for so long."
Thanking you for your help!
1. No comma is needed after Amy. 'I' is the single subject of both 'left' and 'traveled'. Note: American English uses a single 'l' in 'traveled', and the British would use two 'ls'.
2. I would put a comma around 'but Norwegian' because it is a nonessential clause.
I soon discovered that he wasn’t Danish, but Norwegian, and that his name was Lars.
3. I think the commas around 'my life force' are appropriate. This is an appositive that helps define 'my passionate nature'.
|link||answered Apr 08 '13 at 14:41 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow|
The comma after 'sister' is optional, but I believe the preferred way is with no comma. It's a technical appositive, but when you say 'my sister Amy' or 'my father Richard', a comma isn't needed. If you turn it around by using the form 'Richard, my father,...', then you would use commas.
Hope this helps.
|link||answered Apr 08 '13 at 20:54 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow|
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