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Is it necessary to insert a comma after 'movie'?

 
 
Reply Thu 5 May, 2016 03:43 am
I want to tell you about my favourite movie, entitled 'The Big Boss'.

Is it necessary to insert a comma after 'movie'?

Thanks.
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Roberta
 
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Reply Thu 5 May, 2016 04:02 am
@tanguatlay,
No, a comma is not necessary.

Also, fyi, I would change entitled to titled.
tanguatlay
 
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Reply Thu 5 May, 2016 04:45 am
@Roberta,
Roberta wrote:

No, a comma is not necessary.

Also, fyi, I would change entitled to titled.
Why, Roberta?

I think the words are synonymous.
InfraBlue
 
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Reply Thu 5 May, 2016 09:57 am
@tanguatlay,
"Titled" is more exact in this instance. "Entitled" can mean "the name given to something" but it's primary meaning is "given a right or claim."

Brits might be more apt than Americans to use "entitled" in your sentence, however.
tanguatlay
 
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Reply Thu 5 May, 2016 11:05 am
@InfraBlue,
InfraBlue wrote:

"Titled" is more exact in this instance. "Entitled" can mean "the name given to something" but it's primary meaning is "given a right or claim."

Brits might be more apt than Americans to use "entitled" in your sentence, however.
I use British English and that's why I used 'entitled'.
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dalehileman
 
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Reply Thu 5 May, 2016 11:13 am
@tanguatlay,
Yes Tang 'cause it affects meaning. Without the comma, you might have several favorites with the same title
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selectmytutor
 
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Reply Fri 24 Jun, 2016 03:36 am
@tanguatlay,
No, it is not necessary.
dalehileman
 
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Reply Fri 24 Jun, 2016 11:41 am
@selectmytutor,
Tut I disagree. Without the comma we might gather there are several movies with that title but that we want to describe our favorite
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Sage of Main Street
 
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Reply Fri 24 Jun, 2016 02:54 pm
@tanguatlay,
Without the comma, it would mean favorite among all the movies entitled "The Big Boss."
Sage of Main Street
 
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Reply Fri 24 Jun, 2016 02:57 pm
@Sage of Main Street,
From now on, I ought to read all the replies first so I won't be redundant. On the other hand, it would balance the vote in favor of those who don't suffer from commaphobia.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 24 Jun, 2016 04:17 pm
@Sage of Main Street,
I suffer from commaphilia, I swear. They tend to drip, you know.

We have a poster, thought by some to be a bot as it started out with wrecked language posts, but who/it now just repeats other's answers.

I'm glad to see you here, Sage, neat name.

We have another poster, unnamed, who sometimes begs to differ with Roberta, which is both annoying and sort of likeable and makes me giggle. Arguing with Roberta is dummass (how is that spelled?) but it is possible she may be wrong one or more times in some number of years, or using US usage instead of Brit usage. She's a long time major New York editor (etc.) and knows her beeswax. Also has some good threads of her own.

Welcome to a2k, enjoy.
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TheParser
 
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Reply Wed 6 Dec, 2017 05:42 am
@tanguatlay,
In my opinion, the answer is YES.

I think that your sentence is just a shorter way to say "I want to tell you about my favorite movie, which is entitled 'The Big Boss.' "

As you can see, "which is entitled 'The Big Boss' " is a non-defining clause. That is, it is extra information but not essential to the meaning of your sentence.
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champ91
 
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Reply Tue 23 Jan, 2018 03:51 am
@tanguatlay,
The comma is not necessary, although writing this sentence with it won't be a mistake as well.
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