a. This is a flare gun, to use in case of emergency.

b. This is a flare gun, to use only in case of emergency.

c. This is a flare gun, to be used in case of emergency.

d. This is a flare gun, to be used only in case of emergency.

Are the above sentences grammatically correct?

Obviously, 'only' changes the meaning somewhat. But does the comma work in those sentences? It is there to give the sentence a double focus. We are conveying two bits of information that are equally important. It is possible that the second part is added as an afterthought. In that case, it becomes less important.

Maybe the comma makes the following phrase non-defining. Maybe if there was no comma the implication would be that there are more than one flare guns and one is for use in case of emergency.

Many thanks.

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