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Is the comma after 'practice' needed? Options
Koh Elaine
Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2019 2:09:43 PM
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Nichiren instructs us to exert our utmost efforts in our Buddhist practice, based on faith and studying the doctrines of true Buddhism.

1. Is the comma after 'practice' needed?
2. Should 'the study of' substitute for 'studying'?

Thanks.
Koh Elaine
Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2019 5:20:42 PM
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Could somebody please help? Thanks.
FounDit
Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2019 7:13:31 PM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
Nichiren instructs us to exert our utmost efforts in our Buddhist practice, based on faith and studying the doctrines of true Buddhism.

1. Is the comma after 'practice' needed?
2. Should 'the study of' substitute for 'studying'?

Thanks.


It feels very awkward when reading it, or speaking it.
I think it would be much better if it were worded differently. You could simply exchange the comma for a semi-colon and add a couple of words.

Nichiren instructs us to exert our utmost efforts in our Buddhist practice; a practice based on faith and the study of the doctrines of true Buddhism.

But you could also choose a different wording:

Nichiren instructs us that the practice of true Buddhism requires the utmost effort in faith and the study of Buddhist doctrines.

We should look to the past to learn from it, not destroy our future because of it — FounDit
Audiendus
Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2019 8:03:40 PM
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FounDit wrote:
I think it would be much better if it were worded differently. You could simply exchange the comma for a semi-colon and add a couple of words.

Nichiren instructs us to exert our utmost efforts in our Buddhist practice; a practice based on faith and the study of the doctrines of true Buddhism.


I don't like the semicolon here. I would use a colon or (preferably) a dash.

I would only use a semicolon to separate two independent clauses.
sureshot
Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2019 1:10:06 AM
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Koh Elaine wrote:
Nichiren instructs us to exert our utmost efforts in our Buddhist practice, based on faith and studying the doctrines of true Buddhism.

1. Is the comma after 'practice' needed?
2. Should 'the study of' substitute for 'studying'?

Thanks.

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1. The use of comma is correct. Read the first part of the sentence and see if it makes sense by itself. It it makes sense, the comma is required.The part of the sentence after the comma simply provides more information about something that is already identified.

2.Your suggestion to use "the study of" is correct.
Koh Elaine
Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2019 1:43:16 AM
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Thanks to all of you.
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