A famous group Super Harmony will give a concert in Japan.

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8769

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Japanese and Japan
I’m interested in the use of the comma.

Yesterday I flipped through a textbook for writing in English, published in Japan, and came across sentence #1, below.

1. I just heard that a famous group Super Harmony will give a concert in Japan.

I thought there should have been commas, like #2, below.
2. I just heard that a famous group, Super Harmony, will give a concert in Japan.

Is #1 grammatically correct as it is? Or should it have been like #2?
 
  • timpeac

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    English (England)
    I’m interested in the use of the comma.

    Yesterday I flipped through a textbook for writing in English, published in Japan, and came across sentence #1, below.

    1. I just heard that a famous group Super Harmony will give a concert in Japan.

    I thought there should have been commas, like #2, below.
    2. I just heard that a famous group, Super Harmony, will give a concert in Japan.

    Is #1 grammatically correct as it is? Or should it have been like #2?
    I think you're right - because the commas are representing a parenthesis and would also be reflected in speech by changing the tone for those two words as well.

    We could contrast this with

    I just heard that the famous group Super Harmony will give a concert in Japan.

    which would not have commas.
     
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