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    There was evening and there was morning, one day.
    I think there is a mistake in this sentence. Because there should be a word between a comma and the word "one". Am I right?

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    Re: comma

    Quote Originally Posted by ziawj2 View Post
    There was evening and there was morning, one day.
    I think there is a mistake in this sentence. Because there should be a word between a comma and the word "one". Am I right?
    No, you are not right. Why do you think "one" can't follow a comma?

    It either has to be you or me, one of us.
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    Last edited by 2006; 15-Nov-2010 at 17:24. Reason: remove inappropriate question mark

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    Re: comma

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    I mean a comma is used in a compound sentence before the conjuction. So I expect it to be:
    ..., and it is a day.

    And I still can't understand why you put a question mark at the end of sentence "you are not right". Do you mean you are not sure?

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    Re: comma

    Quote Originally Posted by ziawj2 View Post
    I mean a comma is used in a compound sentence before the conjuction. So I expect it to be:
    ..., and it is a day. But the original sentence is not a compound sentence, and there is no reason to turn it into a compound sentence.

    And I still can't understand why you put a question mark at the end of sentence "you are not right". That was a mistake.
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    Re: comma

    Quote Originally Posted by ziawj2 View Post
    There was evening and there was morning, one day.
    I think there is a mistake in this sentence. Because there should be a word between a comma and the word "one". Am I right?
    I assume that you are quoting from the Bible?

    My translation of the Bible says, "And there was evening, and there was morning - the first day". Whether you use a hyphen (-) or a comma (,) the structure implies that "There was evening, and there was morning, therefore it was one day".

    In addition, I can't imagine an everyday situation where you'd say "There was evening and there was morning, one day". It is literature and it is poetic. In English, poems do not always conform to spoken, everyday grammar.

    Example: There was overspending and too little oversight - a recipe for disaster.

    In these contexts, the hyphen and commas mean "it was a..." or "therefore it is..."

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