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Koh Elaine
Posted: Monday, December 10, 2018 6:28:39 AM
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Once upon a time there was a woman, about 30 years old, married with two children. Like many people, she had grown up in a home where she was constantly criticized and often treated unfairly by her parents.

Should there be a comma after "home"?

Thanks.
pjharvey
Posted: Monday, December 10, 2018 6:45:02 AM
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Definitely not, because the following clause is defining.
Why "like many people"? I don't think it's so usual to be constantly criticized and treated unfairly by one's parents.
papo_308
Posted: Monday, December 10, 2018 8:39:41 AM
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I'd put a comma after "married". Without a comma it looks (to me) as if she were married with her children.
thar
Posted: Monday, December 10, 2018 8:53:51 AM

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But you are not married with someone. You are married to someone. So you can be married with children. Or divorced with children, or single with children, etc.

I agree with PJ. A comma would be wrong.

If there is a comma, it means the clause after the comma is extra information about the home - it does not define the home.

If you take away the clause after an added comma, you have the sentence
Like many other people, she grew up in a home.

That makes no sense, in that it does not say anything useful.

What is important is the home that is defined -
a home where she was constantly criticised.
Romany
Posted: Monday, December 10, 2018 1:22:00 PM
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It would usually be said as: -

"Once upon a time there was a woman who was about 30 years old and who was married...."

(Though I've never heard of a "Once-upon-a-time" story where the person's age was ever mentioned in any but the most general of terms: it usually has no bearing at all upon the story.)
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