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    Do I need a comma at the end of the following sentence? People often do it in two different ways, i.e., with and without the comma, and I don't know which one is correct. (Hope someone can advise me with a surely correct answer. Thanks much.)

    1) My e-mail address is EMAIL REMOVED - Send PM to This User Instead. Please e-mail me sometime.

    2) My e-mail address is EMAIL REMOVED - Send PM to This User Instead Please e-mail me sometime.

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    Which sentence?

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    tdol, please click "Post Reply," and you'll see the two sentences more clearly. For some reasons, when there is dot.com written there, the system automatically changes the appearance of the e-mail address. Sorry about that, but it was not my fault or mistake.

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    OK I see- the forum software automatically prevents emails from being displayed for security. I think you could do it as two sentences or separate the two parts with a semi-colon:
    My email is xxx. Please email me sometime.
    My email is xxx; please email me sometime.
    Just using a comma wouldn't work as well for me.

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    Thank you very much, Mr./Ms. Tdol. I really appreciate your patience and your willingness to help.

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    You're welcome, Cleung.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cleung
    Do I need a comma at the end of the following sentence? People often do it in two different ways, i.e., with and without the comma, and I don't know which one is correct. (Hope someone can advise me with a surely correct answer. Thanks much.)
    1) My e-mail address is EMAIL REMOVED - Send PM to This User Instead. Please e-mail me sometime.
    2) My e-mail address is EMAIL REMOVED - Send PM to This User Instead Please e-mail me sometime.
    My email is xxx, please email me sometime.
    My email is xxx: please email me sometime.
    My email is xxx. Please email me sometime.
    My email is xxx; please email me sometime.
    My email is xxx -- please email me sometime.
    Sometimes the use of punctuation marks is a matter of taste.
    I usually try to avoid overusing colons, semi-colons, and dashes, thus making texts running smooth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik
    My email is xxx, please email me sometime.
    I'm not a teacher here, but I am sure (and Tdol has the same opinion -- read his post) that this sentence is incorrect -- it's a classical, wrong usage of a comma, in which you join two independent sentences without any conjunction.

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    Last edited by nyggus; 15-Jul-2006 at 17:09.

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    I am sure, too
    To err is human.
    There are two independent clauses in the sentence and there is no coordinating conjunction.

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