Grammar question....

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  1. iGary Guest

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    Having a "debate" with an editor of mine.

    Would you write this sentence like this:

    Or like this:

     
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  3. MalcolmJID macrumors 6502a

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    With the comma, mate. It breaks up the sentence, it just works with the comma. I know the real grammatical explanation in my head, but I can't put it into words.

    With the comma ;)
     
  4. kretzy macrumors 604

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    Though I have no idea what it means, I would be inclined to go with the second option (well that's how I would write it anyway). I like commas. I find they make things more readable, by breaking up the sentence.
     
  5. MalcolmJID macrumors 6502a

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    I wouldn't have used that comma in the last sentence ;)
     
  6. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    I would have used a period/full stop in that last sentence. ;)
     
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    Normally I wouldn't either. I was just being "funny". :rolleyes: :eek: :D
     
  8. iGary thread starter Guest

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    I couldn't find any precedent in Strunk and White, AP or Chicago that made sense, but I also don't want the guy thinking I am an idiot for adding the comma (I've already sent the piece in, and this is my first whack after they revised it).
     
  9. MalcolmJID macrumors 6502a

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    Was just carrying it on ;)

    Beat you :p
     
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    Do we want to know? :eek:



    Nah, I was referring to your sentence. :D

    ...And you ate my full stop! :(
     
  12. MalcolmJID macrumors 6502a

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    Je suis only just woken up :(
     
  13. Queso macrumors G4

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    I'd do it the Management Consultant way :)

     
  14. iGary thread starter Guest

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    It's a fishing lure - you chug it quickly and it makes a splash on the surface.
     
  15. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    yes you use the comma.
    its called for because its a modifier. notice that the clause could easily be moved to the end of the sentence with no comma added in there because that is where it would belong in a structurally simple sentence.

    thats the best way i can explain it other than saying: Yes the comma belongs there just because its right.
     
  16. MalcolmJID macrumors 6502a

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    He can explain it! :D
     
  17. iGary thread starter Guest

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    See that's the way I started it -

    "Rewind 50 years ago: Joe Bruce..."

    They changed it...

    I'll just make a comment suggesting a comma, I guess.
     
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    In totally unpunctuated prose: awesome.

    Yes to the comma, definitely.
     
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    I added it with comment.

    I'm actually fly-fishing with the editor tonight, I'll razz him about it. :D
     
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    Good luck with the flies.
     
  21. iGary thread starter Guest

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    They are difficult to catch at times.
     
  22. skunk macrumors G4

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    I've always wondered what you use as bait...
     
  23. Queso macrumors G4

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    Please, I'm eating :eek:
     
  24. skunk macrumors G4

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    Flies?
     
  25. Queso macrumors G4

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    Yeah, my flies go down pretty quickly when I'm in the mood :D
     

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