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Superfluous Commas


Superfluous Commas
« on: August 27, 2004, 11:55:09 AM »
Since I am editing my personal statement, I went to the bookshelf with all my parents' old books to see if there was anything on grammar. I noticed this real old (1962) book on proper grammar. Since that's from when grammar mattered, I figured I'd take a look.

One of the sections was on superfluous commas. In the sample sentence below, I'm going to write first how I would write that sentence and then how they say to.

1.) Under the circumstances, I should have been wearing a coat.

2.) Under the circumstances I should have been wearing a coat.

The second way gets rid of "superfluous commas," but it's not my style. Would either way be fine, or is the second way definitely correct.


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Re: Superfluous Commas
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2004, 11:57:30 AM »
either way is fine. 
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Re: Superfluous Commas
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2004, 07:18:54 PM »
I disagree.
And the sign said "Long-haired freaky people need not apply" So I tucked my hair up under my hat and I went in to ask him why. He said "You look like a fine outstanding young man, I think you'll do.  So I took off my hat, I said "Imagine that. Huh! Me workin' for you!"Sign, sign, everywhere a sign..