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Is “presumably” in this sentence an interruption or just an adverb?

... bringing me to Britain to, presumably, be interrogated and executed. Or ... bringing me to Britain to presumably be interrogated and executed. The way I see it, presumably can either be ...
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Where to place commas when a possibly parenthetical phrase follows “that”

Which of these three options is correct and why? I've included my best guess as to why each one could be considered correct. He decided that despite the impending thunderstorm he was going to go for ...
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Can an interrupting phrase be used after a possessive term? [closed]

Is this sentence grammatically incorrect? The cat's—who was still sleeping—bowl is filled with milk. If not, what does it imply?
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Expressing sudden interruption in written, narrative speech

Question: What is the lexical technique for expressing sudden interruptions in written, narrative speech? For example: I was walking down the street when— wait! Look at that! In the example above,...
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Can em dashes be used to isolate clauses starting with an “or”?

Here’s a simplified version of the sentence I'm working on. Despite what he believed — or thought he believed — he still had to contend with the truth. Or should I use commas?
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Parentheses vs. double commas vs. dashes to provide additional detail

When do you use commas and when do you use parentheses to provide more detail about something? For example: The suspect, Tom Wilson, is now being charged with murder. The suspect (Tom Wilson) is now ...