Commas around the word "combined."


Is the word "combined," used after a list, considered to be parenthetical? Example:


Apples, oranges, and bananas, combined, form the majority of fresh fruits consumed in the American diet.

comma asked Sep 13 '12 at 21:19 mysticete Contributor

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If combined is needed, as you say, then it is not -- by definition -- a parenthetical. If it is not a parenthetical, it should not be enclosed with commas. If it is a parenthetical, it can be removed without loss to the basic sentence's meaning. That brings us to Lewis's comment.


I think Lewis is correct -- the word is redundant. Without the word, the sentence still has the same meaning and remains clear.

link comment edited Sep 15 '12 at 21:02 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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