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    granular

    What does "granular" mean in the following context? Various or delicate?

    In an era when one-to-one communications and granular price discrimination have become easy, a one-price-fits-all model seems archaic.

    Thank you.

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    Re: granular

    Instead of everything being part of the "big picture," things are differentiated and categories that would have been grouped together in the past are now separate/distinct.
    Last edited by Tdol; 16-Jan-2014 at 16:44. Reason: Typo
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    Re: granular

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Instead of everything being part of the "big picture," things are differentiated and categories that would have been grouped together in the past are now separate/disctinct.

    Typo.

    [I have my anal, nit-picking hat on today]
    [nb the essential comma in the foregoing!]
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    #4

    Re: granular

    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy View Post
    ...disctinct

    Typo.

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    [nb the essential comma in the foregoing!]
    You're going to need a bigger hat.

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    Re: granular

    I'd put the comma after the second quotation marks. The whole of "big picture", including the quotation marks, is part of the first clause

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    Re: granular

    Americans put commas inside quotation marks. Doesn't always make sense. But we do. I really miss my computer with spell check.
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    Re: granular

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I'd put the comma after the second quotation marks. The whole of "big picture", including the quotation marks, is part of the first clause
    I usually favor the BrE use of quotation marks. AmE usage was determined by printers whose reasons have long since vanished.

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    Re: granular

    I understand the logic but I'm a writer and I follow the prescribed styles guides. I have no desire to unlearn it for this place and relearn it for the work I'm paid to do.

    I totally agree with the British usage, but I don't follow it.
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    Re: granular

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Instead of everything being part of the "big picture," things are differentiated and categories that would have been grouped together in the past are now separate/distinct.
    Is this the American practice even when you are merely highlighting words rather than actually quoting them?

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    Re: granular

    Logical or not (and we'll all agree it's not), the comma goes inside the quote mark every single time.
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