please and commas question

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should the word please be separated from the rest of the sentence with commas? One teacher told me so, but I don't see such practice anywhere.

 

For example:

Could you, please, answer my question?

or

Could you please answer my question?

 

Thanks.

asked Feb 22 '11 at 12:17 xen New member

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I've never seen 'please' set off by commas in the middle of a sentence like that. "Could you please answer my question?" seems correct to me. However, if 'please' was at the beginning or end of the sentence, it would be separated by a comma: "Could you answer my question, please?" or "Please, could you answer my question?"

 

I can't cite a rule or reason for this; it just seems most correct to me.

link answered Feb 23 '11 at 20:37 Collane Ramsey Expert

The only time I think you might set off "please" by commas would be if you were trying to add emphasis to "please". This might occur in the writing of speech where the speaker is imploring the listener for assistance.

Robert CooperMar 27 '12 at 08:35

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