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    Default Re: Role of comma in this sentence

    Sorry, I'm totally lost now. I feel silly.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    With only the first comma it appears that the person must be 1) alive and 2) currently able to vote in a constituency.
    That is exactly what I thought the definition was saying.

    Before I looked in the dictionary, I had an idea of what a constituent was. I thought: a) the person would have to live in the constituency b) the person could vote in the constituency. (A child living in the constituency wouldn't be considered a constituent because they wouldn't be old enough to vote.) Am I correct?

    Having thought about it over and over again, I can't see why the sentence should contain any commas at all (unless they are just signifying pauses).
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    Default Re: Role of comma in this sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    With both commas, that's exactly how I would read it.
    Without any commas, that's how I would read it.

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    Default Re: Role of comma in this sentence

    In full it would read: Someone who both lives in and is eligible to vote in a constituency.
    With commas and all the words: Someone who lives in, and is eligible to vote in, a constituency.
    Without the repetition of "in": Someone who lives, and is eligible to vote, in a constituency.

    "Lives in" must simply mean "resides in". It is only common sense that someone must be alive in order to vote.

    In the UK, your permanent place of residence must be the constituency in order to qualify to vote there. If you own, for example, a holiday home where you only stay for a couple of weeks of the year, you are not eligible to vote in the constituency where that house is located. You can only vote in the place that you live for the majority of the time.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Role of comma in this sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Or someone who lives there but cannot vote- under-age or not a national.
    If "and" were replaced with "or", I would read it like that.

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