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are commas correct in this sentence? "$25,000 should be divided between andy, maria and tony.

asked Feb 24 '14 at 21:26 Frances North New member

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You have a much bigger problem with capitalization, Frances.


Every sentence starts with a capital letter. 

The word "I" is always capitalized.

Proper nouns, such as Andy and Maria, are always capitalized.


These rules are not up for debate.  No one questions if these rules may be changing.  There are no exceptions to these rules.  If you already know these rules, then you have chosen to write in a lazy manner.  Appearing lazy will get you nowhere in school or at a job.


A rule of grammar that is the source of much debate is the serial, or Oxford, comma.  I am a fan of the serial comma, which would add another comma after Maria in your sentence.  My reasoning is consistency.  There are times when the meaning of the sentence will change with or without that comma.  Other people say that it is unecessary in this case and should only be used when it is absoluetly necessary.  So, the answer to your question is, "It depends who you ask."


You should also avoid starting a sentence with a dollar sign or a numeral.  There are many ways to change the wording that will fix this problem.  Here are two:

A sum of $25,000 should ...

There should be $25,000 divided ...

link comment answered Feb 24 '14 at 23:37 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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