- $1 with tax
- $1, with tax
What is the difference in meaning due to the comma? I take the first to be the total is $1 and the second is $1 plus tax.
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There is no difference between those. Remember that the real language is spoken: try speaking those aloud and see what it buys you.
No matter the length of the pause that falls between a dollar on one side and with tax on the other, you cannot guarantee that everyone will understand what it is you mean.
Therefore, you should only say things where that doesn’t matter. For example:
Any native speaker should be able to figure out which of those is which — and most non-native speakers, too, I’d imagine.