Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 1 2
Results 11 to 15 of 15
  1. 5jj's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,167
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #11

    Re: Are commas for single words inside or outside the quotation marks? (American Engl

    Quote Originally Posted by BobSmith View Post
    This ridiculousness is only superseded by the non-adaption of the metric system.
    Adaption? Superseded? I am not quite sure what you are saying here.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Apr 2009
    • Posts: 10,369
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #12

    Re: Are commas for single words inside or outside the quotation marks? (American Engl

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Adaption? Superseded? I am not quite sure what you are saying here.
    I think he thinks Americans should abandon their birthright and adopt the metric system. I only point out that the system was invented by the French.

  2. 5jj's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,167
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #13

    Re: Are commas for single words inside or outside the quotation marks? (American Engl

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I only point out that the system was invented by the French.
    Well, yours was invented by the British, so you are between a rock and a hard place.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Jan 2012
    • Posts: 902
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #14

    Re: Are commas for single words inside or outside the quotation marks? (American Engl

    Oops... typo. I meant "adoption".

    This ridiculousness (of putting commas inside quotes in this instance, in the U.S.) is only superseded by the U.S.'s non-adoption of the metric system. The only thing dumber than "inside commas" is not using the metric system. Eh, it's a stretch.

  3. bhaisahab's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 23,079
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #15

    Re: Are commas for single words inside or outside the quotation marks? (American Engl

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I think he thinks Americans should abandon their birthright and adopt the metric system. I only point out that the system was invented by the French.
    Parts of the USA were colonised by the French, almost as much as by the British. Many parts, of the south especially, have a lingering French connection, family surnames, names of locations, etcetera.

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 1 2

Similar Threads

  1. [Grammar] Position of commas and quotation marks
    By Andreas Raschke in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 22-Jan-2011, 22:11
  2. double or single quotation marks?
    By Tan Elaine in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 26-Nov-2010, 18:45
  3. using ellipsis inside quotation marks
    By enydia in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 17-Apr-2008, 19:55
  4. quotation marks / inverted commas
    By pedro8686 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 11-Mar-2007, 03:53
  5. Quotation marks and commas
    By sterretjie in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 28-Feb-2007, 16:17

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •