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    Cool commas

    Hi,

    I have sometimes doubts about the use of the commas. What do you recommend me?

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    Default Re: commas

    Comma usage can be a matter of taste sometimes, so it is not always consistent. However, there are cases where things are right or wrong. Could you give us an example where you're not sure?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Comma usage can be a matter of taste sometimes, so it is not always consistent. However, there are cases where things are right or wrong. Could you give us an example where you're not sure?
    Now, Ladies and gentleman, I have the honor to..... (= correct)?

    I saw a cat, a mouse, and a fox in the forest .... (= correct)?

    He is the man I saw (no comma between man & I)?

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    Default Re: commas

    1 Yes- separate names of people and other forms of address with commas.
    2 Yes, but the last comma is optional; it's called the Oxford comma.
    3 Yes


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    Cool Re: commas

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    1 Yes- separate names of people and other forms of address with commas.
    2 Yes, but the last comma is optional; it's called the Oxford comma.
    3 Yes

    Thank you,

    And what about: "Now, John is standing outside the van." ----> correct?

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    Default Re: commas

    It's correct, but it is an optional one. There is a general tendency towards a simplification of punctuation and it is very common not to put a comma there where you have an adverb of time. However, where it is a longer phrase, people tend to use a comma.

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    Cool Re: commas

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It's correct, but it is an optional one. There is a general tendency towards a simplification of punctuation and it is very common not to put a comma there where you have an adverb of time. However, where it is a longer phrase, people tend to use a comma.
    Thank you, Tdol

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