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    I have a grammar question, regarding this sentence:

    "We laugh at the penguin for its funny walk, flippers at its sides like a gawky adolescent, the very model of dignified absurdity from the nonchalance of its upturned beak to its splayed, flat feet, Charlie Chaplin in a tuxedo."

    Should I add a comma after "dignified absurdity" and change the final comma to a colon?

    So it would read:

    "...the very model of dignified absurdity, from the nonchalance of its upturned beak to its splayed, flat feet: Charlie Chaplin in a tuxedo."

    Is this grammatically correct? Thanks in advance!
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    I would not change the first version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I would not change the first version.

    Rover
    Thanks so much for your help!

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    Default Re: Comma or Colon

    Your thanks are appreciated, EllieBelly, but you don't need to send them in a separate post or quote our replies back to us.

    We are all happy to accept a simple click on the Like button as your acknowledgement of our help.


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