Why is there a comma after palate in the sentence below?

Many dairy foods come in low-fat version, and though not all of them may be pleasing to the palate, some are.

  • Because that’s how it’s said. Do you have some source that is telling you otherwise that you could please provide us with? – tchrist Nov 12 '16 at 3:40
  • no, i know the sentence is correct, but what is the grammer rule that caused a comma to placed after palate in that sentence? – Fabian Amran Nov 12 '16 at 3:59
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    Sorry that wasn't what I meant. I meant that the reason we place the comma there is because that is the cadence native speakers apply there. We have a little pause in our speech so we put a comma there so that readers can recreate in their minds what we said aloud. Commas are far more a matter of style and clarity than ever they are of grammar. It is possible that some language primers for foreign speakers have some sort of rule for this. You may be interested in our sister-site English Language Learners. I have deliberately omitted commas from this posting. All punctuation is a style matter. – tchrist Nov 12 '16 at 4:04
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    All punctuation is indeed a matter of style, but punctuation is for writing, not speaking, so where we pause in reading something aloud is a poor guide to comma usage. Punctuation guides readers in making the correct parse of linear text that represents non-linear syntax. There are numerous style guides, and they don't all agree on everything, but one common rule is in force here: follow a sufficiently long introductory adverbial clause with a comma. This separates a subordinate clause and idea (some foods aren't pleasing) from a main clause and idea (still some are pleasing). – deadrat Nov 12 '16 at 4:55
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    There isn't a comma at the end of the sentence. There's a comma at the end of a subordinate clause, which is perfectly normal and common. If anything, the comma is before the sentence, since the main clause (which is the necessary crux of the sentence) comes after the comma. Compare “Despite this, some low-fat dairy foods are pleasing to the palate”, where the implied repeated information has been restored to the main clause and excluded from the previous clauses. That shows more clearly that the comma isn't at the end, but almost at the beginning. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Nov 12 '16 at 12:11

This is one of the usage of comma.

From Purdue OWL:

Use a comma near the end of a sentence to separate contrasted coordinate elements or to indicate a distinct pause or shift

Reference: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/owlprint/607/

  • Yup, that seems right. The comma in this sentence is used to separate contrasted coordinate elements. – Fabian Amran Nov 12 '16 at 14:17

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