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Members of parliament can criticize other members, here.

Note the comma after members and before here.

In this particular case, is it okay? Or should the comma not be there?

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There is a growing acceptance of the use of commas to show where pauses occur / are wished to occur in spoken English. John Lawler might even say that that's their only role. The unmarked form would not include the comma, but if 'here' is emphasised (as your bolding indicates), a pause to add more emphasis might well be valid, and a comma used to show this in the written form. Though the example seems a little strange, and a dash might be preferred. –  Edwin Ashworth May 18 '13 at 21:55
    
@EdwinA: Yes, I can imagine the speaker of this sentence pausing pregnantly & stressing laboriously or "toryously" the ultimate utterance "here!" = "MPs can criticize other MPs here (House of Commons?), in this place, but not elsewhere, specifically not in press conferences or other public venues". –  user21497 May 18 '13 at 23:09
    
Taking liberalities. –  Edwin Ashworth May 19 '13 at 13:11
    
Okay. So a comma is not a wrong thing there!! –  soham.m17 May 20 '13 at 8:30
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Oh, no! We spend half our time weeding out misplaced commas. Must we now encourage them? The sample sentence, if anything, screamed for another "here" at the end: Members of Parliament can criticize other members, here here! –  terpy Jun 11 '13 at 0:14
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The comma is there to add emphasis. It also indicates where a pause might occur in speech, but the pause is as a result of the comma, not the other way around. So, one would pause there for the emphasis that the comma indicates. Despite what some of us may have been taught at school, punctuation should not be used to indicate pauses per se (except in representing how something was actually said, eg, in creative writing or transcription).

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I think it depends on the context:

"This is our internal message board. Members of parliament can criticize other members here." would be used without a comma. (i.e. "This is the place to do this.") I would only set a comma if the sentence were to convey: "Members of parliament can criticize other members, here." - but not elsewhere. (i.e. "Only this is the place to do this.")

I don't know of any directly applicable grammatical rule for this.

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It depends on how you want to use it. According to Wiktionary, "here" is an adverb, which is probably what you want. ... No. Likewise, you wouldn't say

I bake cakes, well.

However, if you have "here" as an interjection, it'd be okay. As in

Come look! Here!

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I don't think that's the usage the OP is referring to. The original sentence seems to refer deictically to a place where MPs can criticise each other. –  Avner Shahar-Kashtan Jul 2 '13 at 5:08
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