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Comma question #1 (permalink) Tue Dec 12, 2006 18:46 pm   Comma question
 

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #226 "Homophone test (9)", question 4

Sahara, a beautiful, Arabian, female horse, has a long and sleek ......... because her owner bathes and grooms her on a regular basis.

(a) mein
(b) mane
(c) main
(d) man

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #226 "Homophone test (9)", answer 4

Sahara, a beautiful, Arabian, female horse, has a long and sleek mane because her owner bathes and grooms her on a regular basis.

Correct answer: (b) mane
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Hello, are the commas after beautiful and Arabian really necessary?

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Comma question #2 (permalink) Tue Dec 12, 2006 19:52 pm   Comma question
 

Hi Orla

Some people say you need commas, and many say you don't need them. I would not use a comma between beautiful and Arabian. I'd also eliminate the other comma and replace 'female horse' with 'mare':

"Sahara, a beautiful Arabian mare, has a long ..."

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