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Koh Elaine
Posted: Monday, June 7, 2021 2:07:48 PM
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When you boil this water once, volatile compounds and dissolved gases are removed, according to author and scientist, Dr Anne Helmenstine.

Can the comma after "scientist" be removed and why?

Thank!
sportsherald
Posted: Monday, June 7, 2021 2:19:17 PM

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Yes. The other commas are very important for comprehension, but not that one. As to why, it works either way. The difference is the extra comma is used to slightly separate the idea of 'author and scientist' from the actual person described. Since that is a very small and somewhat artificial separation, I consider it to be better presented without that comma.
Wilmar (USA) 1M
Posted: Monday, June 7, 2021 6:15:35 PM

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Keep the comma -- it is necessary for readability, if nothing else.
georgew
Posted: Monday, June 7, 2021 11:45:40 PM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
When you boil this water once, volatile compounds and dissolved gases are removed, according to author and scientist, Dr Anne Helmenstine.

Can the comma after "scientist" be removed and why?

Thank!


Remove the comma. It adds no information and is not needed for readability.

FounDit
Posted: Tuesday, June 8, 2021 11:32:40 AM

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Just to add to the confusion of answers, I don't think the comma is necessary, but I like it, as I think it does help with readability.
Bathcoup
Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2021 4:54:42 PM
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The comma should be removed. It actually worsens readability by interrupting the flow - that's how I feel.
The real problems with the sentence lie elsewhere, but this is a comma question.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2021 5:04:50 PM

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I could live with the first comma omitted, between once and volatile. The last comma is not necessary, but keeps the the flow of the sentence in rhythm.

And yes, I'm not a native. Just telling my opinion.
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