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    #1

    comma instead of 'and'/bigger and better

    Is this sentence correct:

    1) The new version of this instrument is better, bigger.


    Does it mean:

    a) It is better and bigger.

    b) It is better because it is bigger.

    c) It is better and one of the things that make it better is that it is bigger.

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    #2

    Re: comma instead of 'and'/bigger and better

    For me, it means a).

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    #3

    Re: comma instead of 'and'/bigger and better

    For me, probably b) but it all depends on how the speaker says it.

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    #4

    Re: comma instead of 'and'/bigger and better

    Navi, that's an interesting question. It's hard to tell, isn't it? I could agree with either Tdol or Jutfrank. It's not as likely to be C but not impossible, either.

    Jutfrank makes a good point: it depends on how it's said. I just read that more than 80% of the content of conversation is non-verbal. That includes how we use our voices, how we sit, stand, or move, where our eyes go, and what we do with our hands.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #5

    Re: comma instead of 'and'/bigger and better

    Thank you all very much,

    Do you think a sentence like '1' is a likely sentence in formal English?
    Is one likely to encounter a sentence like that in formal written English?

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    #6

    Re: comma instead of 'and'/bigger and better

    It is not formal English.
    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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    #7

    Re: comma instead of 'and'/bigger and better

    Omission of "and" in this way is not usually considered acceptable in academic writing, but it's common in creative writing and informal English.
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    #8

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    Steve Austin, astronaut. A man barely alive. Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world's first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster.
    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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