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Burbank Leader Opinion
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A Word, Please: Commas play a key role in identifying restrictive, nonrestrictive clauses

My friend Aaron had a question about a comma. In a sentence like the following, would you keep the second comma or ditch it?

A Word, Please: Bright readers pose challenging questions

The columnist's email inbox is a fount of fodder for this column — full of excellent observations and poignant, insightful questions.

A Word, Please: A common phrase may not ‘beg the question’

Years ago I wrote in this space that I don’t recall ever hearing someone use “beg the question” to mean “raise the question.”

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