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I would like to read your opinion about whether or not to use commas in the following sentence. "Belief, itself, is the great sin."

Neither is needed; for drama, I prefer the second being there. Scout

Unbalanced commas? Setting off "Belief itself" means there's no subject.

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I would like to read your opinion about whether or not to use commas in the following sentence. "Belief, itself, is the great sin."

I'd omit them. They just slow down the sentence.

.there is no hurry
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Neither is needed; for drama, I prefer the second being there. Scout

Unbalanced commas? Setting off "Belief itself" means there's no subject.

Perhaps you are right. I saw "itself" as an appositive and the lone comma as a means of letting the reader know how I would pause (long) as I quoted the sentence. "Belief" is still the subject and "itself," in the role of an appositive, shares the same syntactic relation to the other elements in the sentence. No?
Scout
Unbalanced commas? Setting off "Belief itself" means there's no subject.

Perhaps you are right. I saw "itself" as an appositive and the lone comma as a means of letting the ... "itself," in the role of an appositive, shares the same syntactic relation to the other elements in the sentence. No?

No. I can't explain why not, but I would think Attorney Lieblich can. (Perhaps "itself" isn't considered an appositive.)

Maria Conlon
I'd omit them. They just slow down the sentence.

.there is no hurry

.then you had no need to ask

?bob !lieblich
,,. i too can punctuate weirdly
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.there is no hurry

.then you had no need to ask

.you're right, of course
.i had no need to ask
.but need is not the only reason to ask questions
.i was interested in other people's opinion on the matter

.i know the commas are unnecessary, but they add a certain visual something that (to me, at least) seems to stress the irony that belief, itself, should turn out to be the great sin rather than some heretical counter-belief (christianity/satanism)
.i'm concerned here with a visual aspect of language, not so much with a speaking/pausing aspect
.perhaps i should have made that clearer
thanks
heron
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Nature, heron stone to be commanded, http://www.gendo.net must be obeyed. mailto:(Email Removed)
.i'm concerned here with a visual aspect of language, not so much with a speaking/pausing aspect

Permit me to recommend Chinese or perhaps Arabic.
.perhaps i should have made that clearer

Perhaps.