Too many commas?

Reply Wed 2 Mar, 2022 08:30 am
My editor keeps putting commas in that, technically, are correct, but I think are unnecessary in some cases, and only slow down the reader. For example:
"Thus, net mortality was rising even faster than suggested by the gross mortality figures."
"Martin Helbling’s son, Thomas, was working as a servant of the foundation."
I think all three of these commas are unnecessary. Opinions?
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Reply Wed 2 Mar, 2022 10:01 am
I think his use of commas is fine. There are sites which outline the use of commas in detail. If I remember correctly, there are 11 reasons for inserting a comma. Here's one site:

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Reply Wed 2 Mar, 2022 01:54 pm
His commas are fine. But I would omit your comma after "in some cases."
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Reply Wed 2 Mar, 2022 02:39 pm
What they said. ^
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Reply Sat 5 Mar, 2022 11:16 am
I agree with what has been written so far. Is this a technical manual or literary publication? This will make a difference.

If it’s a corporate professional situation, you must know that your editor is bound by a few parameters besides punctuation technicalities. He is the arbiter of an agreed upon corporate or “house” style. If he wants the added commas, give them to him as he’s not wrong. Not sure how it slows the reader down. He may feel it provides a pause for clarity.

However, if this a novel or some literary publication, it is less stringent. You can debate this matter, but as an editor he’s paid to advise you as he sees fit.
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