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    Re: 7 a.m. | 7 p.m.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I do think that this is one determiner in usage- fewer people use commas in addresses now that they type their own letters and envelopes.
    That is a fantastic point!

    I've never thought of it like that, thank you. Do you think it also applies to many other style rules that some people consider mistakes, and even have a good justificiation for their opinion, but some just simply don't care?

    For example, not using the apostrophe in possessives because "Why would I waste a keystroke on it?"

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    #12

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    Ah, but there's no excuse. (Not in my case anyway.) My computer "suggests" a word with the apostrophe in it. For example, if I type "Im" it "suggests" "I'm" to me. ( have Android.)
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    #13

    Re: 7 a.m. | 7 p.m.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Ah, but there's no excuse. (Not in my case anyway.) My computer "suggests" a word with the apostrophe in it. For example, if I type "Im" it "suggests" "I'm" to me. ( have Android.)
    How about "Today's the biggest event in my syster's whole life"?

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    #14

    Re: 7 a.m. | 7 p.m.

    I don't use spell check if that's what you mean. (It's more trouble than it's worth.) Also, I would say "This is the biggest day in my sister's life." (She has a brother who can't spell, but we all have our crosses to bear. )
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    #15

    Re: 7 a.m. | 7 p.m.

    Americans stopped using commas in addresses in the Seventies, long before most of us typed most correspondence. (I did, but I grew up in a family of touch-typists that was far from the norm.)
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    #16

    Re: 7 a.m. | 7 p.m.

    Commas in addresses? Where? At the end of each line? I've never seen that, I don't think.

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    #17

    Re: 7 a.m. | 7 p.m.

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    Commas in addresses? Where? At the end of each line? I've never seen that, I don't think.
    Yes, exactly. When I learnt to touch type (rather a long time ago), addresses were laid out on the envelope and the top right-hand corner of a letter like this:

    36, High Street,
    Lewes,
    East Sussex,
    BN6 7QL
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #18

    Re: 7 a.m. | 7 p.m.

    ... and a generation before that:

    Dr. I. Wright-Baddeley, M.D., F.R.S., J.P.,
    Senior Registrar,
    P.D.G. Lister Hosp.,
    33, St. Olaf's Rd.,
    CHORLTON-CUM-HARDY,
    Lancs.

    If a typist missed a single full stop or comma, her boss would often make her redo the whole thing.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 13-Nov-2019 at 13:12.

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    #19

    Re: 7 a.m. | 7 p.m.

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    Commas in addresses? Where? At the end of each line? I've never seen that, I don't think.
    It was the normal way to write or type an address in American English through the Sixties. The practice was suddenly dropped some time in the early Seventies.
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    Re: 7 a.m. | 7 p.m.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Yes, exactly. When I learnt to touch type (rather a long time ago), addresses were laid out on the envelope and the top right-hand corner of a letter like this:

    36, High Street,
    Lewes,
    East Sussex,
    BN6 7QL
    Ugh, I don't like that (with the possible exception of the first).

    What do you think the point was?

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