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After showing me the house, Nana led us to the living room, and with Mongai's Take Me Somewhere Nice playing on in the background, we started on the Scotch we'd bought at the 7-Eleven. The dim light and the soft

Is the comma correctly positioned before the italics in the example above? Or I should place the comma after and?

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    What does "smoke above" mean?
    – Noah
    Aug 6, 2013 at 8:21
  • Sorry I typed the question from my phone (I think it wasn't a good idea). I fixed all the inconsistencies.
    – wyc
    Aug 6, 2013 at 8:47
  • general reference? google.com/search?q=comma+parenthetical+phrase
    – mplungjan
    Aug 6, 2013 at 8:49
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    After showing me the house, Nana led us to the living room and () we started on the Scotch we'd bought at the 7-Eleven - so comma after the and
    – mplungjan
    Aug 6, 2013 at 8:51
  • That is not necessarily a parenthetic phrase: it’s also simply a clause that acts as a sentential adverbial. As such, there is no need for a comma before it. It is not wrong to add a comma, in which case it is explicitly made parenthetical, but the sentence flows more elegantly without it in my opinion. Aug 6, 2013 at 8:55

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It may be preferable to eliminate the comma and instead insert a period. The first sentence seems like a separate event from the second sentence.

After showing me the house, Nana led us to the living room. With Mongai's "Take Me Somewhere Nice" playing in the background, we started on the Scotch we'd bought at the 7-Eleven.

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With any such sentence, read it with and without the parenthetical -- that should make matters clearer.

In the instant case, and is a part of the parenthetical, and rightly belongs inside the pair of commas.

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