Does this sentence require commas?
Can you tell me if this sentence needs commas. We have an disagreement going on and need to get it settled. Here it is:
-- You’ll want to spend most if not all of your snorkel time off the south end of the beach. --
Does the phrase " if not all" require commas around it?
One side says yes, because removing the phrase doesn't change the meaning--non-restrictive.
The other side says no, because the writer is trying to emphasize the south end of the beach is where the snorkeler should definitely spend their time--thus restrictive.
Which is correct or does it depend on the writer's intent and can go either way?
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