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Koh Elaine
Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2018 9:02:03 PM
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Its general manager Arthur Seah said that it checked the recalled packages and did not find screws.

Should there be commas round "Arthur Seah"?


Thanks.
leonAzul
Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2018 10:06:04 PM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
Its general manager Arthur Seah said that it checked the recalled packages and did not find screws.

Should there be commas round "Arthur Seah"?


Thanks.


My understanding of best practice would be to set off the name "Arthur Seah" with commas as an appositive, as you asked.

As a matter of style, when the rest of the sentence is compound or otherwise so complicated that it requires a number of commas or other punctuation, the commas around an appositive can be optional because they could confuse the overall structure of the sentence.

This is not the case in this sentence, so I agree with you: there should be commas.

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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Friday, October 5, 2018 3:54:52 AM

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I agree.

In a complicated sentence with LOTs of commas, it might be better to write it like this:

Arthur Seah (its general manager) said that he, his juniors, his assistants and other employees checked the recalled packages, all the benches, the floor, the shipping area and the canteen and did not find screws.


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Koh Elaine
Posted: Friday, October 5, 2018 2:48:22 PM
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Thanks,leon and DragOnspeaker.
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