Saturday, April 29, 2017

comma(s) with interrupter

An interrupter is a word, phrase, or clause that disturbs the flow of the sentence. Interrupters should be set off with commas to signal the break in the sentence. Informally, interrupters can also be set off with dashes or parentheses.

Incorrect A bird in the hand as they say is worth two in the bush.
Correct A bird in the hand, as they say, is worth two in the bush.

Incorrect Jan on the other hand is an accomplished artist.
Correct Jan, on the other hand, is an accomplished artist.

Incorrect Tina however decided to stay home.
Correct Tina, however, decided to stay home.

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