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Is the comma after "entitled" required? Options
Koh Elaine
Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 8:23:05 AM
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Najib alleged that in July 2016, Thomas, who was not the AG then, wrote an article entitled, “Grand Larceny 1MDB”, which concluded that the money deposited into Najib's personal bank account was actually 1MDB's money.

He said Thomas' stance clearly revealed he did not “like” him (Najib). This had made Najib concerned that Thomas would still find a way to press a charge against him for any reason.

He further claimed the article had clearly showed that Thomas did not have his “own stand” and lacked appropriate judgement.

Is it correct to remove the comma after "entitled"?

Thanks.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 8:43:47 AM

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In my opinion (there are several different sets of opinions about punctuation) there is no need for both a comma and a set of inverted commas. In fact, I think it is in the wrong place, even as an optional comma.

There are already three commas in the sentence (which I think ARE needed).

The parenthetic phrases there are "who was not the AG then" and "entitled 'Grand Larceny 1MDB'". These could be removed.

Najib alleged that in July 2016, Thomas wrote an article which concluded that the money deposited into Najib's personal bank account was actually 1MDB's money.

That comma should be removed.

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BobShilling
Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 8:58:15 AM
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Drag0nspeaker wrote:
That comma should be removed.


Applause

Quite. It is incorrect.
NKM
Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 9:33:36 AM

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I agree — the comma should not be there.

(In this case there's no difference between American and British usage.)

Koh Elaine
Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 12:20:50 PM
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Thanks to all of you.
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