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In saying thanks in part to, would adding a comma before and after the phrase "in part" be considered correct?

The decline in crime was thanks, in part, to the efforts of the city's growing police department.

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The decline in crime was thanks in part to the efforts of the city's growing police department.

  • What do you think? Please explain why you think that, and then explain what the source of your confusion is. – Chappo Oct 2 '18 at 4:37
  • Both with and without are fine. It's a matter of intent and style. – Jason Bassford Oct 3 '18 at 9:32
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Commas. I feel a slight pause needed. There is an old saw that advises for a comma, "If in doubt, leave it out." Commas are more an art than a science. Contrast this sentence: I slipped mainly because there were no caution signs, but in part because I was running. "In part" is not an afterthought and should not be set apart.

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