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Reply Wed 15 May, 2019 08:03 pm
So far Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam and Japan have heeded the US call to ban Huawei. The UK, however, is still considering using Huawei to build non-core elements of its new internet infrastructure. Differences over the matter within the UK government recently led to the sacking of defence secretary, Gavin Williamson.

Is the comma before "Gavin" necessary?

Thanks.


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Ponderer
 
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Reply Wed 15 May, 2019 11:27 pm
@tanguatlay,
I'm not sure about a comma before Gavin. It seems like it would work either way. But there should be a comma after Vietnam. In a list of three or more items, place a comma before "and". (A, B, C, and D)
tanguatlay
 
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Reply Wed 15 May, 2019 11:51 pm
@Ponderer,
Ponderer wrote:

I'm not sure about a comma before Gavin. It seems like it would work either way. But there should be a comma after Vietnam. In a list of three or more items, place a comma before "and". (A, B, C, and D)

Thanks, Ponderer.

I believe, in British English, the last comma is not necessary.
Ponderer
 
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Reply Wed 15 May, 2019 11:55 pm
@tanguatlay,
Hm. I've never heard that. Thank you. I learned something.
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Thu 16 May, 2019 12:41 am
@tanguatlay,
You're right, a comma is not needed after Vietnam. It is needed after defence secretary, it makes the distinction between the individual and their job.
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tanguatlay
 
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Reply Thu 16 May, 2019 01:45 am
Thanks, Ponderer and izzythepush.
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PUNKEY
 
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Reply Thu 16 May, 2019 01:48 pm
Are you sure it shouldn’t read: Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson?
( no comma if so)
izzythepush
 
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Reply Thu 16 May, 2019 02:48 pm
@PUNKEY,
No it shouldn't. You put a colon before a list, one person isn't a list.
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Reply Thu 16 May, 2019 08:45 pm
@izzythepush,
I meant his official title.

But after seeing his name in other news, they do not capitalize “defense secretary”
izzythepush
 
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Reply Fri 17 May, 2019 01:09 am
@PUNKEY,
That's because he was the defence secretary. This isn't America, we spell things properly over here.
Ponderer
 
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Reply Fri 17 May, 2019 12:12 pm
@izzythepush,
Even Onslow?
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