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    comma vs dash

    1. Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears.

    2. Friends, Romans, countrymen -- lend me your ears.

    Is it better to use a comma or a dash after 'countrymen'?

    Thanks in advance..

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    Re: comma vs dash

    I consider the comma to be correct.

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    #3

    Re: comma vs dash

    I would use a semicolon.
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    #4

    Re: comma vs dash

    I would use a semicolon. The sentence already has commas serving in another role.

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    #5

    Re: comma vs dash

    I would not use a semicolon as 'Friends, Romans, countymen' is not a clause.

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    Re: comma vs dash

    [QUOTE=Rover_KE;651346]I would not use a semicolon as 'Friends, Romans, countymen' is not a clause.

    Rover[/QUOTE]

    That doesn't matter, in my opinion.

    'I visited Cologne, Germany; Vienna, Austria; and Barcelona, Spain.'
    You can't just have a string of commas. The commas need help in making it clear that you are talking about cities and countries.

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    #7

    Re: comma vs dash

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    1. Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears.

    2. Friends, Romans, countrymen -- lend me your ears.

    Is it better to use a comma or a dash after 'countrymen'?

    Thanks in advance..
    I bet Shakespeare used a dash, if he used anything at all But as you'll have noticed, Tan Elaine, opinions differ. All the opinions so far have quietly ignored the dash - which looks fine to me (though not really in a monospaced font, which doesn't distinguish between an en-dash and a hyphen).

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    PS To produce a proper en-dash in Word, hold down <ctrl> and type the hyphen on the mini-keypad; if you have a laptop, then you can do something with the <Fn> key, but life's too short.

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    Re: comma vs dash

    Thanks to all the members who have replied to my post.

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