defended herself <by saying / saying/ ,saying> that

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1.She defended herself by saying that she didn't know .
2.She defended herself saying that she didn't know .
3.She defended herself ,saying that she didn't know .

-Which one is better and which one is wrong ?
  • Fabulist

    American English
    The words in #1 and #3 are good English, but the punctuation is not. In English, there is no space between a punctuation mark and the word it follows, but there is space after the punctuation mark,before the next word.
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