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    Punctuation Puzzle

    In a newspaper today, I read a sentence similar to the following:

    I visited Paris, France's Eiffel Tower.

    Is the punctuation correct?

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    Re: Punctuation Puzzle

    Ugh!

    That screams for a rewrite.

    I face a similar problem often. For legal reasons, I have to write essentially the equivalent of "Using English (UE)" whenever I mention my company the first time. People send me stuff that reads "UE's expertise in ...." and I have to figure out how to write something that's not "Using English (UE)'s expertise in..."

    Anyway, same basic problem.

    The Eiffel Tower of Paris, France.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Punctuation Puzzle

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Ugh!

    That screams for a rewrite.

    I face a similar problem often. For legal reasons, I have to write essentially the equivalent of "Using English (UE)" whenever I mention my company the first time. People send me stuff that reads "UE's expertise in ...." and I have to figure out how to write something that's not "Using English (UE)'s expertise in..."

    Anyway, same basic problem.

    The Eiffel Tower of Paris, France.


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    Good morning, Ms. Barbara D.

    Thank you so much for the informative reply.

    I had read a similar sentence published in a free newspaper intended for twenty- and thirtysomethings (I am definitely not the intended demographic).

    I guess the whippersnapper who wrote that line was not schooled in the finer points of English.

    I admit, however, that I really like it.

    (a) It's short and snappy.

    (b) I guess we could treat "Paris, France" as a unit, thus deserving of the apostrophe.

    (c) As you said, however, this would never do in serious, formal writing.

    Thanks again for helping me to better understand my language.

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    Re: Punctuation Puzzle

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    In a newspaper today, I read a sentence similar to the following:

    I visited Paris, France's Eiffel Tower.

    Is the punctuation correct?

    Thank you.
    Written and punctuated like that, it reads like Paris is France's Eiffel Tower.

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    Re: Punctuation Puzzle

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Written and punctuated like that, it reads like Paris is France's Eiffel Tower.
    Excellent point, sir. I did not see that. Thank you very much.

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