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    Commas

    After she moved to the coast she discovered that she liked the rain; she forgot her earlier dislike of wet pavement and often went for long walks on rainy days. <--why isn't there a comma between "she" and "discovered"?

    After shmoved to the coast, she discovered that the ocean is endlessly fascinating. <--this one have a comma?

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    Re: Commas

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    After she moved to the coast she discovered that she liked the rain; she forgot her earlier dislike of wet pavement and often went for long walks on rainy days. <--why isn't there a comma between "she" and "discovered"?

    After shmoved to the coast, she discovered that the ocean is endlessly fascinating. <--this one have a comma?
    I think you mean "between coast and she". I would place a comma there. It is common to do that after an opening adverbial clause. :wink:


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    ok, thanks.

    I was studying this book and they did not have a comma. I was wondering if it was error.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    ok, thanks.

    I was studying this book and they did not have a comma. I was wondering if it was error.
    There is a general tendency to reduce comma usage when they are not necessary. I would call this an error, however. 8)


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    why is it an error? Why is this rhetorical? How can i tell?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    why is it an error? Why is this rhetorical? How can i tell?
    Punctuation rules vary from source to source more than grammar rules. Some comma placements are more obligatory than others. This one is of medium importance, in my opinion. :wink:

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    I'd put the comma in too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I'd put the comma in too.
    :wink:


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    "I like the colour Blue," she said. <--why is there a comma after blue? why isn't it a period? how do you know?

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    The 'seh said' is also part of the sentence. What she said is grammatically a sentence, but you also want to include the rest. If not, speech would become very choppy.

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