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    Role of comma in this sentence

    I just looked up the word "consituent" in the Oxford Dictionary. One of the definitions is: "a person who lives, and can vote in a constituency". Does the comma in the definition play an important part? If the comma were removed, would the meaning still be the same?

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    Re: Role of comma in this sentence

    I think it is incorrect. We need either no comma or this: A person who lives, and can vote, in a constituency. I prefer it without commas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I think it is incorrect. We need either no comma or this: A person who lives, and can vote, in a constituency. I prefer it without commas.
    I'm glad you said that. My initial thought was the same, but then I thought: "Surely, the dictionary can't be wrong!".

    Thanks for your time :)

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    Re: Role of comma in this sentence

    With only the first comma it appears that the person must be 1) alive and 2) currently able to vote in a constituency.
    2 would be difficult without 1.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Role of comma in this sentence

    Could it be to distinguish constituents from non-resident (expat) voters?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Could it be to distinguish constituents from non-resident (expat) voters?
    With both commas, that's exactly how I would read it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Death is not a barrier to further voting in many of our fine cities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Death is not a barrier to further voting in many of our fine cities.
    Well, being brain dead clearly isn't a barrier to becoming a serving politician.
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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Well, being brain dead clearly isn't a barrier to becoming a serving politician.
    If I didn't know better, ems, I would suspect a soupon of cynicism there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    With both commas, that's exactly how I would read it.
    Or someone who lives there but cannot vote- under-age or not a national.

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