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Koh Elaine
Posted: Saturday, April 14, 2018 12:57:46 PM
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Every evening, after dinner, my daughter would have her books ready, waiting for me to read to her.

Is the comma after 'ready' required?

Thanks.
TMe
Posted: Saturday, April 14, 2018 1:05:59 PM

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Yes. But 'after dinner' is not necessary. IMO

I am a layman.
Clyde of Oz
Posted: Sunday, April 15, 2018 7:11:06 AM

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You can remove the comma after dinner, but if you do, you must also remove the comma after evening.

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FounDit
Posted: Sunday, April 15, 2018 10:33:53 AM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
Every evening, after dinner, my daughter would have her books ready, waiting for me to read to her.

Is the comma after 'ready' required?

Thanks.


The commas are put around information that is not necessary to the main idea. His daughter had her books ready, but he wants to give additional information about when this happened, and why she did it.

He begins with the when, every evening, after dinner, then gives the why, because she was waiting for him to read to her.

This could also be reversed by giving the "why" first, then the "when".
Waiting for me to read to her, my daughter would have her books ready every evening, after dinner.


A great many people will think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. ~ William James ~
Koh Elaine
Posted: Sunday, April 15, 2018 12:56:07 PM
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Thanks, FounDit.
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