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Can someone please give me some examples of when I should and should not use a comma before a prepositional phrase?

These are some of the sentences that I am having trouble with:

  1. These are the problems that I've struggled with in my own life

  2. I looked on the other side of me & seen a bird.

  3. All of my friends came with me except Ron.

  4. I want to help all of the people who have problems like I've had before.

Can someone show me which sentences need commas? I need someone to show me where the commas need to go too!

  • Of course, you would not say "I looked on the other side of me and SEEN a bird." It would be "I looked on the other side of me and SAW a bird." – Denise Blan Mobley Feb 23 '17 at 22:56
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None of your examples needs a comma before the preposition. All of the following would be nonsense:

  1. I looked, on the other side of me and seen a bird.
    I looked on the other side, of me and seen a bird.
    I looked, on the other side, of me and seen a bird.

  2. All, of my friends came with me except Ron.
    All of my friends came, with me except Ron. All, of my friends came, with me except Ron.

  3. I want to help all, of the people who have problems like I've had before.

The only possible commas I could see (and they would be optional) are:

  1. These are the problems that I've struggled with, in my own life.
  1. All of my friends came with me, except Ron.

They are optional because they serve as a pause before a parenthetical expression.

  • Thank you for the awesome explanation. I appreciate all of the help! – Devin Smith Nov 21 '14 at 2:09

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