San
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San asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 4 weeks ago

Comma question?

A. The ugly mass, that was meant to be a birthday cake, seemed to collapse under its own weight.

B. The ugly mass that was meant to be a birthday cake seemed to collapse under its own weight.

Are the commas necessary in the sentence? Thanks!

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  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago
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    Both are correct.  A) with the commas highlights that not only was it an ugly cake, but it was supposed to be a birthday cake. Birthday cakes are usually decorated to look even nicer than an everyday cake, which makes the fact that it was ugly twice as bad.  B) is fine too.  It's just a slight difference in style.  But commas should be used when writing.

    Source(s): native English speaker
  • 4 weeks ago

    The commas are not only unnecessary.  They're wrong because the information in that clause is necessary to explain "ugly mass."

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