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Only you[,] #1 (permalink) Wed Jul 13, 2016 12:12 pm   Only you[,]
 

Hi,
Taking the two sentences:
“Only you can stop you from running”
and:
'Only you, can stop you running.',
how would you comment on the comma\its absence there?
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Only you[,] #2 (permalink) Wed Jul 13, 2016 13:43 pm   Only you[,]
 

Both sentences should be:
Only you can stop yourself (from) running.
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Only you[,] #3 (permalink) Wed Jul 13, 2016 14:35 pm   Only you[,]
 

Beeesneees wrote:
Both sentences should be:
Only you can stop yourself (from) running.

...But unfortunately, they aren't. Being put that way, does a comma matter at all?
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Only you[,] #4 (permalink) Wed Jul 13, 2016 16:48 pm   Only you[,]
 

A comma would make the sentence in #2 incorrect also.
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Only you[,] #5 (permalink) Wed Jul 13, 2016 17:08 pm   Only you[,]
 

I'd agree with Bev. However, if you are bent upon using the comma, then the sentence may change into something like this: Only you, you alone can stop yourself running. (The reflexive is also necessary in place of the subjective pronoun)
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Only you[,] #6 (permalink) Wed Jul 13, 2016 18:08 pm   Only you[,]
 

To take that one step further, the more natural phrasing would be:
(Only) you, and you alone, can stop yourself running.
('Only' and 'alone' are not both needed, though it adds emphasis to use them both.)
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Only you[,] #7 (permalink) Thu Jul 14, 2016 4:59 am   Only you[,]
 

Yes, I meant to emphasize.
You, you alone ... OR You, only you ... . (In either case, if the first comma is placed, I doubt whether 'and' and the second comma are necessary)
You and you alone ... . OR You and only you ... . (I think this can go with the same emphasis and meaning)
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Only you[,] #8 (permalink) Thu Jul 14, 2016 7:50 am   Only you[,]
 

And this serves just as an another example of how far apart can be the grammar we're taught and colloquial speech (English born and bred in both cases). ;-)
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Only you[,] #9 (permalink) Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:02 am   Only you[,]
 

Anglophile wrote:
In either case, if the first comma is placed, I doubt whether 'and' and the second comma are necessary)
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The commas are optional, to denote a larger pause, but if the first is used, I'd argue the second is needed.

The 'and' is usual in any instance. It sounds very strange to my UK ears to leave it out.
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