Here is the sentence I have trouble with:

Please be informed, according to the local team, the part was delivered yesterday.

I have a friend saying that I should not separate the according to phrase by any commas, and that I should use that after informed.

What is right?

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    To me "Please be informed that according to the local team the part was delivered yesterday." sounds better. – SovereignSun Mar 21 '17 at 12:32
  • Why does it sound better with "that" and why wouldn't you use any punctuation? – user42473 Mar 21 '17 at 22:26
  • I'm a non-native so I may be wrong but I've met different sentences of the kind and they had no commas. – SovereignSun Mar 22 '17 at 5:37

Your punctuation is fine. You have a parenthetical (non-restrictive) clause that should be set off with commas. It can also be at the beginning or end of the sentence.

All of these are fine:

According to the local team, the part was delivered yesterday.

The part was delivered yesterday, according to the local team.

The "Please be informed" phrase is just throat-clearing, an introduction that is not material to the sentence content.

One more way to consider writing it:

Please be advised that the part was delivered yesterday (according to the local team).

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