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Superfluous Commas

louieleftwing

Superfluous Commas
« on: August 27, 2004, 09:55:09 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, 09:57:30 AM »
either way is fine. 

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Re: Superfluous Commas
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2004, 05:18:54 PM »
I disagree.