Would you put a comma in there? And why?

  1. A gato ("cat" in Spanish) is a fluffy feline.
  2. A gato ("cat," in Spanish) is a fluffy feline.
  3. A gato ("cat", in Spanish) is a fluffy feline.

Thank you for any insight!

(Please ignore the clumsy example.)

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Un gato, a cat in Spanish, is a fluffy feline.

I would make it an appositive. There is no need for parenthesis in this example.

Maybe more complex ones might need parenthesis as, for example, in the translation of legal concepts, literary studies or philosophy.

  • Just to spell it out, there's no need for the comma either. Jul 25, 2022 at 16:33
  • @KateBunting Appositives are always set off by commas, So, there is a need for two commas in this case. A cat in Spanish is un gato.
    – Lambie
    Jul 25, 2022 at 16:36
  • You could also put single quotes around 'a cat' to note that the cat is not Spanish-speaking. Jul 25, 2022 at 17:25
  • @JohnLawler Did you see the video on the BBC of the NY lawyer and his three cats in foreign lands? It's under videos of the day. I just don't understand your comment. Sorry.
    – Lambie
    Jul 25, 2022 at 17:27
  • Alas, I don't watch videos. Saves me enormous time for reading. Jul 25, 2022 at 17:29

I just wanted to comment on the " A gato". It's " Un Gato, meaning one Cat, or " O Gato, meaning the Cat." Then there's " A gata, the female Cat." That's was the only point, I wanted to make. Thank you for the subject, in question, I like the point, that's why, I came here.

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  • Thank you for your reply! This would be Portuguese, correct?
    – user458280
    Jul 25, 2022 at 22:36
  • @user458280 No, Portuguese uses um and uma.
    – Lambie
    Jul 27, 2022 at 20:29

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