+0
I have the below sentence, and was going to put a comma before 'they', but not sure if that would be correct or not?

'Instead of lying still on the branches, they began to express themselves.'

Or without.

'Instead of lying still on the branches they began to express themselves.'
1 2
Comments  
Yes, I would use a comma.
Thanks.

Would you say that it would be ok to put a comma before 'was' in the following sentence?

'The last thing to happen, was to the leaves.'
Students: We have free audio pronunciation exercises.
ryansamturnerThanks.Would you say that it would be ok to put a comma before 'was' in the following sentence?'The last thing to happen, was to the leaves.'
No. You should not separate a subject from its verb by a single comma.
Thanks.

Would it be acceptable to use the comma to suggest a pause in speech, or to make it a bit more dramatic. Or is it just a no, no in all cases?
It's no.
Teachers: We supply a list of EFL job vacancies
It's good to think about commas in terms of pauses, but a native speaker would not naturally pause here.

Clive
Thank you both for your comments.

Can I ask one final question?

Would the use of the comma be acceptable in the below sentence, as it is split already?

'She told us that the safest option, and the most common one, was a natural delivery'
Or
'Sarah's father, on the other hand, was more reserved.'
yes, fine.
Site Hint: Check out our list of pronunciation videos.
Show more