In a sentence such as

This forms three separate but interlinked questions.

should there be commas round 'but interlinked'? Or no commas at all? I'm assuming a single comma after separate is incorrect.

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It's perfectly fine without commas.

  • Thanks very much - that was my instinct but I began to overthink it and lost confidence!
    – awarrenz
    Commented Jul 9 at 2:43

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