San
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San asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 1 month ago

Comma question?

A. He stood slackly, staring into the air.

B. He stood slackly staring into the air.

Is the comma after "slackly" necessary? Thanks!

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago
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    I've never heard the word "slackly" before (where did you see it?).  Literally no one says "slackly".  But yes, the comma is necessary.  "staring into the air" sounds a bit odd though; you'd be more likely to hear "staring (off) into space".

    Source(s): native English speaker - US
  • 1 month ago

    "Slackly" isn't a word, but for the sake of grammar, no one "stares" slackly.

  • Cogito
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    I've never heard anyone use the work 'slackly' in this sense.  It's not common usage and sounds very odd.  Also, you can't stare into 'air'.  Air is all around, so it doesn't really tell us anything.

    The comma is correct, though.

    I'd say, "He stood, shoulders hunched, staring blankly."

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