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I have been looking at many company description and I found the following two usages

a) We sell a diverse range of products from books to toys.

b) We sell a diverse range of products, from books to toys.

The thing that puzzles me is why many companies insert a ',' before from.

Please let me know which one is correct. If b) is correct, I am curious why so?

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Although commas are not necessarily needed to separate prepositional phrases, option B would be preferred in a formal context, as it reflects are more natural word rhythm. The comma also serves to clarify the sentence a little: as one reads option A, one may think, before completing the sentence, that the "from" will tell the location of the company (so from where it's selling these products: "We sell a diverse range of products from our first location, while the second site is more limited").

In short, option B, with the comma, is preferred stylistically and to avoid confusion.

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If you say the sentence, you find you take a small breather between 'products' and 'from'. This is why we write the comma.

  • Thanks. So is it ok grammatically if I stick with option a) of without comma? – TimeToCodeTheRoad Feb 11 '15 at 11:30
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    I agree about the 'breather' As with parentheses, the part of the sentence before the comma can stand alone - "We sell a diverse range of products." while the rest could be added using a comma, a dash or parentheses. – David Garner Feb 11 '15 at 11:48
  • Thanks for your reply David. I still wonder if option'(a) in my question is grammatically correct? Also, good point about the dash and prentheses – TimeToCodeTheRoad Feb 11 '15 at 13:40
  • Sorry, I meant to add that I also think it's fine without the comma. The whole sentence is simple enough that there's no ambiguity. – David Garner Feb 11 '15 at 15:34

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