Is comma required after the room ?

When he entered the room he saw the vase broken

punctuation asked May 26 '12 at 23:18 Muk New member

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When he entered the room is an introductory adverb clause and should be set off with a comma. When the adverb clause is at the end of the sentence, no comma is needed.

link answered May 27 '12 at 04:00 smsretiree New member

Many Thanks for your reply.Muk

MukJun 03 '12 at 23:06

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On a side note:


". . . he saw the vase broken"


As it stands, this phrase means he witnessed the breakage occurring. If the intended the meaning of the sentence is that he saw pieces that used to be an intact vase, the phrase should read:


". . . he saw the broken vase"

link comment answered Sep 25 '12 at 20:59 Peter Guess Expert

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