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There are some traditional foods that can help, like red pepper leaves.


There are some traditional foods that can help like red pepper leaves.


Which one is correct or more natural between the one with a comma and the one without a comma?


I feel like whether there is a comma or not, both sentences carry the same meaning.


What do you native English speakers think? Thank you so much as usual in advance.

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Here is how a native speaker is lkely to intepret your sentenves.

There are some traditional foods that can help, like red pepper leaves.

There are some traditional foods that can help, such as / for example red pepper leaves.

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There are some traditional foods that can help like red pepper leaves.

There are some traditional foods that can help in the way that red pepper leaves help.

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Hans51There are some traditional foods that can help, like red pepper leaves.

Red pepper leaves are among the traditional foods that can help.

Hans51There are some traditional foods that can help like red pepper leaves.

This is odd, and on first reading it would be taken for a mistaken attempt at the first sentence, but on its face it means that red pepper leaves can help, and there are traditional foods that can help in the same way that red pepper leaves do.

Hans51I feel like whether there is a comma or not, both sentences carry the same meaning.

Nope.

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Thank you so much.

Don’t you think that like red pepper leaves modifies some traditional food without the comma like that can help modifies some traditional food?

anonymousThis is odd

Thank you so much and could you tell me why the sentence is odd to you?

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anonymousThis is odd

Thank you so much and could you tell me why the sentence is odd to you?

It is an odd thing to say, for one thing. How can you know the biochemial action of red pepper leaves and their effects in such detail that you can categorize other foods as being of the same class in that regard? And even if you could, it is an odd way to put it. "Like" alone cannot carry enough meaning, and I would expect "There are some traditional foods that can help in the same way red pepper leaves do."

As I said, it seems on first reading to obviously be a mistake for the version with the comma.