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Postby raiders_umpire » Wed Jun 22, 2005 8:22 pm

i use the comma as well in that situation,,,, with the way some of my teachers were about punctuation marks, i figured the more i used commas and such, the better off i was......... ;-D
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Postby CubsFan7724 » Wed Jun 22, 2005 9:37 pm

Lofunzo wrote:I always use the comma and was confused as to where it went as well. I guess that it was removed to make room for such dandies as pwned and such. :-t

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Postby RynMan » Wed Jun 22, 2005 10:58 pm

I'm a comma man, myself.
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Postby Madison » Thu Jun 23, 2005 1:52 am

CubsFan7724 wrote:
Lofunzo wrote:I always use the comma and was confused as to where it went as well. I guess that it was removed to make room for such dandies as pwned and such. :-t

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Haha :-b ! That's great! ;-D

I tend to use too many commas. Not sure why, but that's just me. ;-)
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Postby bigh0rt » Thu Jun 23, 2005 1:54 am

Madison wrote:
CubsFan7724 wrote:
Lofunzo wrote:I always use the comma and was confused as to where it went as well. I guess that it was removed to make room for such dandies as pwned and such. :-t

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Haha :-b ! That's great! ;-D

I tend to use too many commas. Not sure why, but that's just me. ;-)


I use too many too, some say. I tend to use a comma wherever I'd take a slight pause if I were reading what I'm writing. In my opinion though, it's definitely better to use too many than too few. Too few and what you're writing tends to drag on and not flow properly.

Rock on commas! ;-D :-o
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Postby StlSluggers » Thu Jun 23, 2005 9:01 am

That's right kids. When in doubt, include the extra comma.

Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.

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Re: Grammar Question: Commas

Postby Amazinz » Thu Jun 23, 2005 1:36 pm

StlSluggers wrote:When I was in high school English only 6 or 7 years ago, the rule for commas when listing multiple items was as follows:

"I like fantasy, baseball, and fantasy baseball."

I've noticed that most professional publications now form the same sentence like this:

"I like fantasy, baseball and fantasy baseball."

My question is: Why? Why drop the last comma?

When I was in college I was instructed that your first example was incorrect. Serial commas in American prose are only used when necessary like:

I like salad, soup, macaroni, and cheese.
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Postby LBJackal » Thu Jun 23, 2005 5:05 pm

I just throw a comma in there whenever there's a slight pause in the way a sentence is read. To hell with proper form! :-D
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Postby reznorsboy » Thu Jun 23, 2005 5:18 pm

G.I. Joe!! ;-D My favorites where Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes
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Re: Grammar Question: Commas

Postby Arlo » Fri Jun 24, 2005 6:34 am

StlSluggers wrote:When I was in high school English only 6 or 7 years ago, the rule for commas when listing multiple items was as follows:

"I like fantasy, baseball, and fantasy baseball."

I've noticed that most professional publications now form the same sentence like this:

"I like fantasy, baseball and fantasy baseball."

My question is: Why? Why drop the last comma?

For those who care, The Chicago manual recommends using the comma.
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