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Unread Jan 15th, 2012, 04:26 am
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In the sentence below, am I right about the usage of the comma after a subordinate clause?

When I asked her, "Would you like a cup of tea?", she said, "No, thank you."

I am not confident about ...?",
Would anybody tell me if the comma is necessary or not?
Or, is there any other better way to write?

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Default Re: comma usage

Yes - but it's oh so clumsy with all that punctuation. If you change to reported speech, you can avoid it and it reads much more fluently : When I asked her if she would like a cup of tea, she said no.
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Default Re: comma usage

Hi, Susan. Thank you for your reply. I see. The sentence you suggested looks neater. Thank you for your suggestion. It was very helpful to me.
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I would just remove the quotes for the last line so the sentence reds more smoothly.
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Default Re: comma usage

There is a useful post here which explains when to use commas - comma punctuation
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