Results 1 to 2 of 2

Thread: commas II

  1. #1
    navi tasan is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • Armenian
      • Home Country:
      • Iran
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    1,966
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default commas II

    Is there any difference between the meanings of:
    1-He smokes when he comes here.
    2-He smokes, when he comes here.

    Does the comma really change anything?

  2. #2
    MikeNewYork's Avatar
    MikeNewYork is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    15,194
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: commas II

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    Is there any difference between the meanings of:
    1-He smokes when he comes here.
    2-He smokes, when he comes here.

    Does the comma really change anything?
    No difference; the comma is not necessary. If the second is meant to indicate an afterthought, a dash would be better, IMO.

    He smokes -- when he comes here.

    That might imply that he doesn't smoke other places.

Similar Threads

  1. Commas before and after names
    By hopechest in forum General Language Discussions
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 12-May-2009, 08:29
  2. commas and periods inside quotes
    By commajf1 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 26-Aug-2004, 17:46
  3. commas
    By navi tasan in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 27-Jun-2004, 15:29

Posting Permissions

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