I understood the first sentence of the original poster easily, as I felt that the commas were placed correctly.However, though I grinned at Miss Thistlewaite's "advice" to Michael Read and others, I feel she neglected to mention to her devoted students that "prior" is usually an adjective, or part of an adverbial clause...But then I'm picky.Big MommaThe blame is mine. It has been more than 55 years since I was in Miss. Thistlethwaite’s class and my memory is not as it was although it has been only recent the memory aids she supplied (bruised knuckles) have healed.I can’t say I was a devoted student but more a constant one and that was because Miss Thistlethwaite conducted detention (I attended many) and her method of holding this ‘class’ was to have each student write an essay. I believe this is the central reason later in life, as an editor, I felt free as a bird once the magazines were at the printers. Or, as I sometimes felt, the 18 years I spent in editing was punishment. MichaelR
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