Commas with conjunctions and prepositions

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My boss inists we use commas very sparingly. With this in mind, which commas could be omitted in the following:

 

The most common suggestions are to extend operating hours and expand the coverage area. However, in Brooklyn, one of the top suggestions is to allow users to share memberships.

commas asked May 10 '13 at 15:35 Laurie Harrington New member

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They are all needed in the sentence. You could rewrite the second sentence in a way that commas aren't needed.

 

One of the top suggestions from Brooklyn is to allow users to share memberships.

link comment answered May 10 '13 at 15:48 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow
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I agree with Lewis. In a formal sense, all of the commas are required. The Chicago Manual of Style suggests that, in less formal contexts, the comma following "however" is sometimes omitted.

 

The placement of however is a problem. While there is no absolute rule about beginning a sentence with however, Garner's Modern American Usage suggests that--contrary to your middle school English teach-- using But to begin a sentence is better than using However. However is best placed in the middle of the sentence.

 

One of the best suggestions, however, is to ...

link comment answered May 10 '13 at 20:31 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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