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Koh Elaine
Posted: Sunday, March 11, 2018 1:23:56 PM
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I have just bought "Practical English Usage", by Michael Swan.

1. Should it be "written by" instead of "by"?
2. Is the comma optional?

Thanks.
Helenej
Posted: Sunday, March 11, 2018 1:50:28 PM

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1. It sounds quite natural without 'written'. Books are written, everyone knows that.

2. I don't think a comma is necessary here at all. Well, unless you make a pause, but it's difficult to think of a situation in which you would pause. Maybe, if you say, "I have just bought "Practical English Usage", by Michael Swan! Not by John Smith!"

NKM
Posted: Sunday, March 11, 2018 8:36:58 PM

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No comma is necessary, unless you say "written by" instead of just "by".

Koh Elaine
Posted: Monday, March 12, 2018 8:41:51 AM
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Thanks to both of you.
Helenej
Posted: Monday, March 12, 2018 3:39:53 PM

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NKM wrote:
No comma is necessary, unless you say "written by" instead of just "by".

I would say that no comma is necessary even if it were "written by". 'Written by' is a participle phrase and the rule here is as follows.

When a participle phrase concludes a main clause and is describing the word right in front of it, you need no punctuation to connect the two sentence parts.
Mariah risked petting the pit bull wagging its stub tail.

But when a participle phrase concludes a main clause and modifies a word farther up in the sentence, you will need a comma.
Cooper enjoyed dinner at Audrey's house, agreeing to a large slice of cherry pie even though he was full to the point of bursting.

punctuation with participle phrases

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