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    Are these sentences correct:
    1-They'll knock this building down like the other one.
    2-They'll knock this building down, like the other one.

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    I suppose the first one is (marginally) acceptable. Prefer:
    • They'll knock this builbing down like they did the other one.

    Or:
    • They'll knock this building down, as they did the other one.


    Somebody else might have a somewhat different opinion.

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    I'd say the comma reflects the importance of the phrase- the use reduces it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I'd say the comma reflects the importance of the phrase- the use reduces it.
    I'm not sure what you mean by reduces it. In any case, I would like to change my answer somewhat.

    Re:
    • They'll knock this building down like the other one.

    Probable meaning: they will knock this building down the same way they knocked down the other one.

    Re:
    • They'll knock this building down, like the other one.

    Probable meaning: they will knock this building down as they did (knocked down) the other one. (They will knock this building down too.)

    • [list:0790575957]Rhyme:
    Ron eventually gets it right
    Even if he has to stay up all night.[/list:u:0790575957]

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    I tend to think that where a comma is optional, its use relegates the importance of the phrase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I tend to think that where a comma is optional, its use relegates the importance of the phrase.
    Do you mean that when a comma is optional its use adds significance to the phrase?


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    [quote="RonBee"]
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I tend to think that where a comma is optional, its use relegates the importance of the phrase.
    Do you mean that when a comma is optional its use adds significance to the phrase?

    On the contrary. Its use gives the phrase less significance. :)

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    I meant the same as you.

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    I never heard that before. Hm.

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