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Good time of the day. I just want to clarify something with your help. Can you please tell me should one opt to insert a comma before and after the word "additionally" in this instance?

"Referring back to my school, it had a strong policy in terms of active life propaganda and, additionally, conducted a lot of well-organized sports clubs."

Thanks in advance!

  • Sounding clumsy is a bigger problem than placement of commas. 'Also' seems a more natural choice. – Edwin Ashworth Feb 12 at 12:31
  • @EdwinAshworth, Can you please clarify what exactly sounds clumsy in your point of view? – Felix O'Reilly Feb 12 at 12:51
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    I'd have to rewrite it, and I'd not attempt that without knowing the actual conditions. But as an example, a school having 'a strong policy in terms of [any sort of] propaganda' implies they tried to indoctrinate everybody, or censored everything related. 'Additionally' next to 'and' seems overkill (not that redundancy is wrong per se). – Edwin Ashworth Feb 12 at 15:19
  • "Additionally" is in parenthesis in this sentence (you could put it in brackets) so surrounding it with commas is correct. It is similar to saying "My school, which I attended from age 11 to age 15, had a strong policy of promoting active living." You could leave out the part in commas without destroying the structure of the sentence, the commas make this clear. – BoldBen Feb 13 at 6:12
  • @BoldBen, my sincerest thanks to you, sir – Felix O'Reilly Feb 14 at 9:56
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The sentence does have problems but I am not sure that "additionally" is the significant one. In your sentence, "additionally" is a free modifier that fronts the clause, "conducted a lot of well-organized sports clubs." As, for example, in "Unfortunately, you have lost."

Fronting free modifiers are usually offset with a comma or commas.

In short, I would keep the comma.

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  • Thanks for a vivid response! – Felix O'Reilly Feb 14 at 9:57
  • I'd say the use of a comma after in 'My school had a strong policy as regards active life propaganda and, additionally, conducted a lot of well-organized sports clubs' or rather 'My school had a strong policy as regards active life propaganda, and additionally, conducted a lot of well-organized sports clubs' is non-standard. If forced to retain 'additionally', I'd use 'My school had a strong policy as regards active life propaganda, and additionally conducted a lot of well-organized sports clubs'. Substituting 'also' for 'additionally' (which seems a far better option) bars commas. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 13 at 17:00

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