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Is the comma after 'man' needed and why? Options
Koh Elaine
Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 12:47:46 PM
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Paul is the man, whose computer you promised to repair.

Is the comma after 'man' needed and why?

Thanks.
georgew
Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 1:04:54 PM
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It's not needed(,) IMHO.
thar
Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 1:13:17 PM

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It is wrong - it shouldn't be there.


It is a defining relative clause, and it is not separated from its noun by a comma.
It specifies who Paul is.

It does not provide additional information about him. That would be a non-defining clause and would be separated wiith a comma.

See, I have learnt some grammar! Whistle


In general, when you are asking "is this wrong" - I give the blanket answer of "yes!".Whistle
Koh Elaine
Posted: Friday, January 12, 2018 2:26:06 PM
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Thanks to both of you.
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