I'm unsure as to whether or not to include a comma within the two sentences outlined below (I've bolded the specific sections). In the first sentence, I have a feeling a dash might be more appropriate. Your help is most appreciated.

  1. While challenging, this experience provided me with valuable insight into the strengths and needs inherent to this group and the importance of creating a community that is accessible and accommodating**,** irregardless of age or ability.

  2. Using the skills I learned here, I later embarked on a position working for The Hospital of Sick Children**,** where from 2016-2017**,** I worked as a nursing aid.

Thank you!

  • 1
    Isn't 'irregardless' an error by itself? – Mitch Dec 30 '18 at 0:12
  • Yep that is an error as well. It should be regardless indeed. – tyler1 Dec 30 '18 at 0:13
  • 1
    @Mitch - Just like fingernails across a blackboard. – user150753 Dec 30 '18 at 0:32
  • Alas, irregardless is an official word. However, that doesn't mean it should be used. – Jason Bassford Dec 30 '18 at 3:14

In your first sentence the comma isn't needed. A straightforward way to see it is that you probably wouldn't put a comma after accessible if it was just that word there. Since adding another word of exactly the same type, namely accommodating doesn't change the structure, we also shouldn't add a comma here.

The second sentence isn't gramatically correct as it stands now, since I, the subject of the second part, should follow immediately after where as it is the subject. So a correct way to write this sentence would be where I worked as a nursing aid from 2016-2017. Note that this also solves the entire problem with those commas!

  • Hi Tyler, Thanks for clarifying. Also, thank you to those who highlighted the incorrect use of the word, "irregardless." – George K Dec 30 '18 at 1:53
  • @GeorgeK You can just use irrespective instead if you're looking for a version more acceptable than irregardless that preserves the initial irr- bit if you don't go for the simpler regardless or some phrase like "no matter the" or "without regard to". – tchrist Dec 30 '18 at 17:13
  • Thank you, much appreciated. I'm wondering if I need a comma in the example tyler1 proposed i.e. "Using the skills I learned here, I later embarked on a position working for The Hospital of Sick Children where I worked as a nursing aid from 2016-2017"? – George K Jan 5 '19 at 8:50

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.