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    Punctuation rules

    Could someone help to understand the punctuation rules in this excerpt ?

    The man with the rubber boots stepped into the elevator behind me, but I didn't see him at first. I smelled him though--the pungent odor of smoke and cheap wine and life on the street without soap. We were alone as we moved upward, and when I finally glanced over I saw the boots, black and dirty and much too large. A frayed and tattered trench coat fell to his knees. Under it, layers of foul clothing bunched around his midsection, so that he appeared stocky, almost fat. But it wasn't from being well fed; in the wintertime in D.C., the street people wear everything they own, or so it seems.


    He was black and aging--his beard and hair were half-gray and hadn't been washed or cut in years. He looked straight ahead through thick sunglasses, thoroughly ignoring me, and making me wonder for a second why, exacdy, I was inspecting him.


    Excerpt from The Street Lawyer aa novel by John Grisham.

    Thank you.
    Last edited by enthusiast stud; 06-Apr-2015 at 12:05. Reason: Sorted out formatting.

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    Re: Punctuation rules

    Where did you find this text (it's important to quote your source) and which parts of the punctuation are confusing you?

    Note that the use of "--" is non-standard in BrE.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Punctuation rules

    All commas.

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    Re: Punctuation rules

    OK, if you're confused by all the commas, why don't you try to rewrite the sentences showing us how you would write them without the commas?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Punctuation rules

    Where are the mistakes ,and how to fix them?

    The man with the rubber boots stepped into the elevator behind me but I didn't see him at first.

    I smelled him ,though the pungent odor of smoke ,and cheap wine ,and life on the street without soap.

    We were alone as we moved upward, and when I finally glanced over, I saw the boots, black and dirty and much too large.

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    Re: Punctuation rules

    We don't put a space before a comma but we always put a space after a comma.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Punctuation rules

    Is each comma place correct?

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    Re: Punctuation rules

    Quote Originally Posted by enthusiast stud View Post
    Where are the mistakes ​(no comma required here) and how to can/should I fix them?

    The man with the rubber boots stepped into the elevator behind me but I didn't see him at first.

    I smelled him (no comma required here) through the pungent odor of smoke (no comma required here) and cheap wine, and life on the street without soap.

    We were alone as we moved upward (no comma required here) and, when I finally glanced over, I saw the boots, black and dirty and much too large.
    See above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Punctuation rules

    The man with the rubber boots stepped into the elevator behind me (why there is no comma before but?)but I didn't see him at first.(why there is no comma before but ).

    Which rule was followed in each sentence?



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    Re: Punctuation rules

    Punctuation placement is one of the hardest things about the English language. The simple "rule" is that there is no need to put a comma before "but" (although you must remember that in some circumstances it might be appropriate). Which grammar and punctuation books do you study? Which one told you to put a comma before "but"?
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