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Use of comma before "by"

 
 
Reply Wed 21 Nov, 2012 11:20 am
Is the use of comma in the sentence below correct? I don't think it is but my coworker who is a native English speaker graduated from college tells me that it is proper style. Here is the sentence:

"This suite of data and analytics provides insight into government market activity, by Industry."

Thanks for your help!
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Mame
 
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Reply Wed 21 Nov, 2012 11:30 am
@illitarate4life,
"This suite of data and analytics provides insight into government market activity, by Industry."

no. you don't need it. Google "Use of Comma" and you'll find the rules. I think there are 11.
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dalehileman
 
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Reply Wed 21 Nov, 2012 12:25 pm
@illitarate4life,
The general rule, Illi, is you can use a comma anywhere you wish a slight pause
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parados
 
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Reply Wed 21 Nov, 2012 12:44 pm
@illitarate4life,
It could well be proper usage. It appears to be a comment about data. The data has been sorted by Industry so industry is not a major component of the data itself. It is shorthand often used in graphs and data.

The statement means this:
This suite of data and analytics provides insight into government market activity sorted by Industry.

Other usages might be
Census of the USA, by race.
Census of the USA, by age.
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