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    use of commas

    How would you put the commas in the sentence "I believe any problem we people create we people can solve"? And a bonus question: why like that?
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    Re: use of commas

    Welcome to Using English

    Is this a homework question?
    Where would YOU put the comma?
    Why?
    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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    Re: use of commas

    no, not a homework question, just heard this in a speech and I found it curious when I tried to write it down and couldn't figure out how.

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    Re: use of commas

    Well, give it a try. Where would it be possible to put a comma/commas in that sentence?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: use of commas

    hm. I'd say "Any problem we, people, create we, people, can solve." but I'm really not sure.

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    #6

    Re: use of commas

    Did the speaker pause significantly on either side of the word "people" both times?

    Any problem [that] we people create, we people can solve.
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    Re: use of commas

    Wow! You really like commas! Does it help you to know that "we people" is the same as "we". On that basis, would you do the same thing?

    Edit: Oh, too late! Barb already gave you the answer.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 04-Jan-2015 at 21:10.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

    Re: use of commas

    Yes, I think she did ... Or maybe that's just how I remember it. Thanks though!

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    Re: use of commas

    It really does come down to how the speaker wrote it and said it.

    Let's start by leaving out the "people" altogether. Then it would be simply "I believe that any problem we create, we can solve".

    Then let's assume that the speaker meant to use "we people" as meaning exactly the same as "we": as in "we humans" or "we British". Then it would be "I believe that any problem we people create, we people can solve".

    Lastly, let's assume that the speaker was using "people" as a specific interjection for emotional effect: a rallying call, as in "Oh, people!"; emphasising each "we" and pausing significantly before and after saying "people" each time. Then it would have to be "I believe that any problem we, people, create, we, people, can solve".
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    #10

    Re: use of commas

    Then it would have to be "I believe that any problem we, people, create, we, people, can solve".
    That is a significant overuse of commas.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 05-Jan-2015 at 11:02.

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