comma before adverb: her friend, unfortunately, could not


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Example: Although Beth was poor, she was somehow able to manage, whereas her friend, unfortunately, could not.

I know the construction is fine, but what about the commas? There should be one before whereas, but I also thought there should be one before unfortunately because it is an adverb right in the middle.

Am I right?

  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    I think you are right, Arueng. I also worry about too many commas in my sentences. I advise you to remove anything you think you can without being unclear. I don't think any of the commas in your example are unnecessary, though. In order to eliminate them, you would have to recast the entire sentence or even break it into two smaller ones.