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headed by/comma

Post by navi » Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:43 am

1) They were eliminated by the most powerful faction of the party led by Stalin.
2) They were eliminated by the most powerful faction of the party, led by Stalin.

3) Their party was criticized by the Soviet Communist party led by Stalin.
4) Their party was criticized by the Soviet Communist party, led by Stalin.

5) They were accused of siding with international capitalism headed by the United States.
6) They were accused of siding with international capitalism, headed by the United States.


In '1' and '2', 'the most powerful faction of the party' is supposed to have been led by Stalin.

In '3' and '4', 'the Soviet Communist party' is supposed to have been led by Stalin.

In '5' and '6' 'international capitalism' is supposed to have been headed by the United States (not 'they').

Which are correctly punctuated?

Gratefully,
Navi
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Re: headed by/comma

Post by PauladePlume » Sun Mar 25, 2018 4:12 am

An alti cases come of the more clear punctuation to the meaning you're seeking is the 2nd use with the,. However, both all 3 examples you gave are somewhat awkwardly worded. If you want the most clear wording for your intended meaning, and you're not worried about the comna use, then I would suggest the following:

They were eliminated by the most powerful faction of the party, which was led by Stalin. 

Their party was criticized by the Stalin-led Soviet Communist party.

6) They were accused of siding with international capitalism as headed by the United States. 
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