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Koh Elaine
Posted: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 11:04:59 PM
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Budget 2018 was approved yesterday - but not before some heated exchanges in Parliament over a planned GST hike. We captured the day of drama in the House(,) which ended with the opposition formally voting against the Budget for the first time in three decades.

Should there be a comma after "House"?

Thanks.
palapaguy
Posted: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 11:21:57 PM

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That's a close call. Either one works, IMHO.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 3:10:11 AM

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Hello.

I feel it is a little better with the comma.
Though the meaning is obvious, the version without a comma looks like you are saying that the House ended (not that the day ended).

I would pause at that point if I were speaking the sentence - so I would 'naturally' write a comma there.

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Koh Elaine
Posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 10:20:04 AM
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palapaguy wrote:
That's a close call. Either one works, IMHO.
Thanks.
Koh Elaine
Posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 10:24:12 AM
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Thanks, DragOnspeaker.

We captured the day of drama in the House(,) which ended with the opposition formally voting
against the Budget for the first time in three decades.

Has the comma anything to do with "drama"?
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 10:44:56 AM

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No - I don't think so.

The noun is "the day of drama in the House" - it could be written "the dramatic Parliamentary day".

The whole sentence is really (as a simplistic statement)

We captured the dramatic Parliamentary day, which ended with the vote.

The final clause is a relative clause.
As we know which day is being spoken about (yesterday), the relative clause is not defining it - so it needs a comma per the rules.
It doesn't really make any difference to the meaning, but it does make a difference to the rhythm of the sentence, so it should be there.

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Romany
Posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 10:46:31 AM
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It's a pretty badly composed sentence which makes it sound as though "The House" ended, rather than the day. Yes, I'd leave in the comma, as the sentence stands. But actually, to correct it, I'd re-write the sentence completely to avoid any possibility of misunderstanding!

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