Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: commas again

  1. FW
    Guest
    #1

    commas again

    Are the commas used correctly in these sentences:
    1-The letter, to the Dutch embassy, had been mailed three days before.
    2-The train, to Paris, was delayed.

    3-A letter, to the Dutch embassy, revealed Jon's whereabouts.
    4-A train, to Paris, was delayed.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 44,225
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2
    1&2 are wrong- there's no need for commas. 3 is fine. 4 is OK, but would be better if it said 'the one to Paris'.

  2. RonBee's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Feb 2003
    • Posts: 16,570
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3
    I really don't think you need the commas in any of them. However, sentence four could be written as:
    • A train, the one to Paris, was delayed.


    :)

  3. intakaslave
    Guest
    #4
    I have to disagree. 1&2 are not incorrect, just subtly different.

    In 1: There is a totally different emphasis when with/without the commas.
    In 2: Same as above.

    Authors of Fiction may have a bit of trouble doing without the commas.

    I would, however, agree with a suggestion that commas be avoided where possible to minimise confusion, this sentence being a prime example!!

    Rgds
    :)

  4. RonBee's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Feb 2003
    • Posts: 16,570
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #5
    Sentence one could be written two different ways.

    A:
    • The letter to the Dutch embassy had been mailed three days before.

    B:
    • The letter, the one to the Dutch embassy, had been mailed three days before.


    What do you think?

    :)

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 44,225
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #6
    Actually, on second thoughts, I wouldn't go so far as to say the first two are wrong, but are better without. Your version works, too.

Similar Threads

  1. Commas before and after names
    By hopechest in forum General Language Discussions
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 12-May-2009, 09:29
  2. commas and periods inside quotes
    By commajf1 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 26-Aug-2004, 18:46
  3. commas
    By navi tasan in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 27-Jun-2004, 16:29

Posting Permissions

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