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Last Wednesday after our meeting vs After our meeting last Wednesday Options
luckyguy
Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017 3:53:33 AM
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I have made up two sentences below.

(A) Last Wednesday, after our meeting, I decided not to join our marketing team.

(B) After our meeting, last Wednesday, I decided not to join our marketing team.

May I ask you two questions?

(1) Do you need the first comma in each sentence?

(2) Because I am not a native English speaker, I don't know which one sounds more natural. Can someone tell me which one sounds OK?

Please answer my questions. Thanks.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017 4:04:14 AM

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(A) is ok as it is.
In (B) the first comma is wrong and the second is not necessary. After our meeting last Wednesday, I decided not to join our marketing team.


In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
thar
Posted: Thursday, April 20, 2017 5:14:12 AM

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They also imply different information.

One is the time
Last Wednesday.
Narrowing down the time even more
After our meeting


One is the triggering factor
After our meeting - and because of what was said


I think you can use that to explain why you have a comma in A, not in B, as JJ says.
It inserts extra information

(A) Last Wednesday I decided not to join our marketing team.
between commas, extra information
(A) Last Wednesday, after our meeting, I decided not to join our marketing team.

Noun phrase:
our meeting last Wednesday
After that, I decided not to join.
(B) After our meeting last Wednesday, I decided not to join our marketing team.
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