The following sentence is clipped from news. I don't quite understand the reason to have a comma before "locally accredited.

Only students pursuing ­full-time, locally accredited ­self-financing undergraduate programmes in Hong Kong ­offered by select institutions would be eligible for the HK$30,000. Such programmes ­often cost HK$70,000 or more.

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    The comma is there because the writer wanted to insert a pause in a long list of modifiers. He might also have added one after accredited. It's entirely and only a matter of the writer's style. – P. E. Dant Jul 6 '17 at 2:21

The author has the comma after


so the reader does not read:

full-time locally

and pause to wonder what that might mean.

Self-financing undergraduate programmes


full -time


locally accredited

but not

full-time locally accredited

. "Full-time" has nothing to do with accreditation; the comma prevents association with "full-time" and "accredited" The comma makes the reading easier, and should be there.

  • This's true. This avoided ambiguous meanings. – user2720402 Jul 6 '17 at 12:56

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