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The Comma

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by YankeeFan, May 28, 2012.

  1. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    A couple of Times articles about the comma:

  2. BrianGriffin

    BrianGriffin Active Member

  3. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    I was expecting a thread about the worst possible superhero ever.
  4. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 15, 2014
  5. Double J

    Double J Active Member

  6. Double J

    Double J Active Member


  7. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    I've yielded a lot in the past 15 years, but I'm not yielding that one. You have to close that clause, and that one, I'm going to hang onto to the bitter end.
  8. JRoyal

    JRoyal Well-Known Member

    My biggest comma pet peeve is when writers separate a compound sentence like this:

    Jimmy Baserunner hit a double to leadoff the first inning, and scored when Billy Runbattedin singled.


    Steve Runningback finished with 356 yards rushing, but failed to score a touchdown.
  9. linotype

    linotype Well-Known Member

    Well done, and it made me long for the best-named poster on this board, the Comma Chameleon.
  10. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Even worse is using "leadoff" as one word except as an adjective.
  11. JRoyal

    JRoyal Well-Known Member

    Rookie mistake.
  12. Azrael

    Azrael Active Member

    In a few years you'll be unlearning this: www.mlahandbook.org/fragment/public_index;jsessionid=A38F80A27CC89AC4654C64754AA14BA8 and then the Chicago Manual of Style. And then The Epic of Gilgamesh. By the end of your education, you'll have unlearned Huckleberry Finn and The Great Gatsby, too. But you'll have a good fix on 'Transfiguring Marxist Gender Identities and Textual Fauvism in the Early Work of Ethel Kline-Borimeer.'
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