1. dillseed
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    Comma or semicolon?

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by dillseed, May 24, 2014.

    Does a comma or a semicolon follow 'New Jersey' below? I used a comma because I think the semicolon is too strong of a break at that point in the sentence (before the verb 'were'). Do you agree?

    And is the sentence punctuated correctly throughout?

    Mike Jones, 40, of East Greenbush, New York; Sally Fontaine, 34, of Dallas, Texas; and Dave Bartholomew, 45, of East Rutherford, New Jersey, were arrested on charges of conspiracy.

    And do I insert a comma after 'Buffalo' below?

    Mike Jones, 45, of Buffalo, was arrested on a charge of petit larceny.

    Thank you. :)
     
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    I agree with your first example.

    For the second example, I explained in another thread that having the comma there sets off the phrase "of Buffalo" as an aside. So it's a personal preference based on the effect you're going for.
     
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    Thank you. :)
     

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