Punctuation: Is comma needed.

Reply Fri 20 Mar, 2009 08:50 am
Yet the main preoccupation of the government and opposition parties appears to be what analysts are describing as an increasingly dysfunctional political system: The man who is in line to become prime minister is linked to the murder of a Mongolian woman(,) whose body was obliterated with military-grade explosives.

Is a comma needed after 'woman'? I think so.

Many thanks.

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Reply Fri 20 Mar, 2009 09:42 am
No, a comma is not required.
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Reply Sat 21 Mar, 2009 01:50 am
A sentence should not begin with a conjunction. Here the word "yet" is used as a co-ordinating conjunction with the meaning "nevertheless" or "but".

The comma is not needed, and neither, in BrE, is the capital T after the colon.
Reply Sat 21 Mar, 2009 06:41 am
Thanks, Lightwizard and Contrex.
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Reply Sat 21 Mar, 2009 03:31 pm
Didn't take the time to notice those errors -- contrex has a sharp grammatical eye!
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