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    "I'm quite busy myself, going to Europe for business next week." Comma needed?

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    My friend says he's not going to have time to meet up next week. I reply with:

    "I'm quite busy myself, going to Europe for business next week."

    VS

    "I'm quite busy myself. Going to Europe for business next week."

    Are both okay?

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    Re: "I'm quite busy myself, going to Europe for business next week." Comma needed?

    In an email to a friend I would use:

    I'm quite busy myself- going to Europe on business next week.

    This wouldn't work in a more formal email, but it's OK to a friend. I am going would be a more complete form to use where appropriate.

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    Re: "I'm quite busy myself, going to Europe for business next week." Comma needed?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    In an email to a friend I would use:

    I'm quite busy myself- going to Europe on business next week.

    This wouldn't work in a more formal email, but it's OK to a friend. I am going would be a more complete form to use where appropriate.
    Replacing the (-) dash with a comma would be incorrect?

    Is the dash equivalent to a semi-colon or colon?

    And can't I say: Going to Europe for business?
    Last edited by B45; 08-Apr-2014 at 19:16. Reason: Word order

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    Re: "I'm quite busy myself, going to Europe for business next week." Comma needed?

    Can someone please take a look at this before it disappears? Thank you!

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    Re: "I'm quite busy myself, going to Europe for business next week." Comma needed?

    Quote Originally Posted by Batman45 View Post
    Replacing the (-) dash with a comma would be incorrect? Neither one is correct.

    Is the dash equivalent to a semi-colon or colon? No, it isn't.

    And can't I say: Going to Europe for business? No, you can't.
    I believe that Tdol, in post #2, made it clear that your suggestion would work only in an informal situation. Neither the comma nor the dash serves to make this a completely grammatical sentence. I would suggest "I'm quite busy myself as I'm going to Europe on/for business next week."

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    Re: "I'm quite busy myself, going to Europe for business next week." Comma needed?

    Thank you very much!
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 09-Apr-2014 at 08:26. Reason: Unnecessary quote deleted.

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    Re: "I'm quite busy myself, going to Europe for business next week." Comma needed?

    Batman,
    While we appreciate your thanks, the most eficient way to do so is to just click on the "Thank" icon, as you did in post #5.

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    Re: "I'm quite busy myself, going to Europe for business next week." Comma needed?

    Quote Originally Posted by Batman45 View Post
    Is the dash equivalent to a semi-colon or colon?
    People use dashes informally as both.

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    Re: "I'm quite busy myself, going to Europe for business next week." Comma needed?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I'm quite busy myself- going to Europe on business next week.
    Is this use of a dash (no space before, but a space after) used commonly anywhere? I've never seen it before - with either proper m or n dashes or any of the ad hoc ways of writing dashes.

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