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I am writing a little note to a person who returned my lost wallet. Is the following sentence grammatically correct?

Please accept the cash enclosed herein, as a token of my gratitude.

What is confusing me is whether there should be a comma before the phrase "as a token of my gratitude"

My guess is that as the only cash enclosed is the cash offered as a gift, the information is non crucial, making the phrase non-restrictive clause, and therefore comma would be required.

  • I believe you've phrased it correctly. – Varun Nair Dec 31 '15 at 9:41
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No! You can not put a comma before "as a token of my gratitude."

My guess is that as the only cash enclosed is the cash offered as a gift, the information is non crucial, making the phrase non-restrictive clause, and therefore comma would be required.

The phrase is a restrictive clause even in your context. "as a token of my gratitude" depends on "Please accept the cash enclosed herein." You cannot offset the first sentence by a comma.

What makes it dependent? The word "as" makes it dependent. It is used as an adverb, not conjunction.

You can say it like the following ways:

  • Please accept the cash enclosed herein, a token of my gratitude.
  • Please accept the cash enclosed herein—a token of my gratitude.
  • 1As a token of my gratitude, please accept the cash enclosed herein.

1. When you start or begin a question with a dependent clause, you put a comma after it.

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I'll tell you a secret way how I learned how to use punctuation marks. I know this may not be the right way, but often have I found it to be very helpful.

Read the sentence carefully and see if you can split the sentence into two independent sentences, by appending out the optional part.

Please accept the cash enclosed herein, as a token of my gratitude.

This can be split into two separate meaningful sentences:

Please accept the cash enclosed herein.

and

Please accept the cash as a token of my gratitude.

Now when you combine these two sentences, they form your sentence. Now since each event in independent ('enclosing the cash' and 'accepting it as a token of his gratitude'), they can be separated using a comma. This is not the best method, but it may be useful. Beware, this method doesn't work on all sentences, but you should try it to see its success rate.

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