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In the following sentence, should there be a comma before "either": "Marsh was not in the best shape, either." If so, why; if not, why not?

Thanks very much for your help with this.

BMc
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Hi,

In the following sentence, should there be a comma before "either": "Marsh was not in the best shape, either." If so, why; if not, why not?

A comma represents a pause in speech, so I'd try to decide whether or not I'd pause before the word 'either'.

Consider these two examples.

Marsh had no money. Marsh was not in the best shape, either.

Here, I'd pause because 'was not in the best shape' is a new idea, and I want to give the listener a moment to think about it.

Mary was not very fit. Marsh was not in the best shape either. Here, 'was not in the best shape' is not really a new idea but rather just a rewording of the previous idea, so I probably wouldn't pause.

Best wishes, Clive
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AnonymousIn the following sentence, should there be a comma before "either": "Marsh was not in the best shape, either." If so, why; if not, why not?

Thanks very much for your help with this.

BMc

No, "either" used in this context suggests a negative paralell agreement between at least two concepts or items, and a comma is not needed, and it is preceded by a negation.
i.e. A- I don't like brocoli. B - I don't like it either.

I don't take either cream or sugar in my coffee.