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    Regarding comma and grammar.

    Sentence: I love the way educated elites, who have excellent command over the English languages, scoff at the loonies.

    Question: Is the sentence grammatically correct? Is the use of comma correct in the sentence?

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    Re: Regarding comma and grammar.

    Yes, it's grammatical. The author provides some additional information about "the educated elites," saying they all have an excellent command of English.

    What it means, however, is entirely unclear.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #3

    Re: Regarding comma and grammar.

    I love the way educated elites, who have excellent command over the English languages, scoff at the loonies.


    "English languages?" I'm only aware of there being one English language. I would look up "command over" in a style guide as well.
    Last edited by Rich Richards; 15-Jul-2012 at 03:26.

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    Re: Regarding comma and grammar.

    I missed the plural languages.

    Yes, of course that should be singular.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #5

    Re: Regarding comma and grammar.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Richards View Post
    I'm only aware of there being one English language.

    NOT A TEACHER


    May I most respectfully remind you that we can say, "There are many Englishes." That is, there are many varieties

    of English: American, British, Australian, Indian, Nigerian, etc. In fact, there is one variety (I forget its name) that

    consists of just enough words and grammar to allow businessmen from any country to communicate with one another.

    The goal of those businessmen is to make money, not to learn something called "English."

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