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Mr Lee said, "I'm less concerned about the impact of the salary revisions of my present team of ministers. They've come, they've committed themselves, they're in for the course, this pay cut is not going to affect their dedication to serve."
Do native speakers punctuate the way it is done in bold? Is there a comma splice?
The speech is within quote marks, so I wonder why Mr Lee used so many commas. I believe that the reporter reproduced his speech as it was written by him. In other words, he had gvien the reporter a hard copy of his speech.
In my opinion, more full stops should have been used.
I wonder if native speakers use commas liberally.
A lot of people just put commas where they take a breath. This isn't very careful, and wouldn't be regarded as acceptable in written work (rather than simple quotation of words spoken).
For eaxample, in what Mr Lee says there is an implied subordination:
This is a rhetorically satisfying unit - a group of three. 'Friends, Romans, Countrymen...' 'Faith, Hope, and Charity...' 'Liberty, Equality, Fraternity'.... In writing, it woukl be three sentences - or one sentence divided in three with two semi-colons.They've come, they've committed themselves, they're in for the course...
The next bit is a consequence or conclusion, which could be introduced by a new sentence, starting 'So/Therefore/We can safely infer that '... or something of that kind:
But ,as John said, you shouldn't rewrite someone else's words, if - by the punctuation you use (quotation marks) - you say 'This is precisely what he said.this pay cut is not going to affect their dedication to serve