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Newton's third law of distribution of commas? - Mark's Journal
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Newton's third law of distribution of commas?
Today I've been pummeled by text that uses a comma between two separate sentences when a period would be appropriate, and by text that uses a period in the middle of a single sentence, dividing it into two chunks that can't stand on their own. I found myself wishing the perpetrators could be convinced to redistribute the commas so those with too many could help out those with too few. As with food and medicine, there are plenty of commas to go around; they just need more equitable distribution. :-)
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kukla_red From: kukla_red Date: January 14th, 2010 08:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Where are Strunk & White when you need them?
brazenredhead From: brazenredhead Date: January 15th, 2010 03:26 am (UTC) (Link)
In regard to the first... they could've used a semi-colon instead! And the second could have used... yes, a comma. (I was thinking colon, but probably not.)


It seems like EVERY time I read something these days, I find basic grammatical mistakes. Sheesh.
polypolyglot From: polypolyglot Date: February 12th, 2010 02:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Shortly before I left the Times, I found out why the Times and other media style books don't use serial commas. It dates back to telegraphy, when extra characters cost..
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