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Comma Use

Are the commas in this sentence correct? "The objects of the Society are to encourage an interest in, and improvement of, horticulture." If so, what is the rule that supports their use? Thanks.

Re: Comma Use

Yes, they are correct.

"The objects of the Society are to encourage an interest in, and improvement of, horticulture."

The phrases "interest in" and "improvement of" form a coordination of two only partially complete nominals, but because the second coordinate intervenes between the preposition "in" in the first coordinate and its object "horticulture", it is set off with commas to avoid ambiguity and to make for easier reading.


PaulM

Re: Comma Use

Just as I thought, but I was having trouble explaining it to the author. Many thanks, Laurie.