Page 3 of 4 First 1 2 3 4 Last
Results 21 to 30 of 35
  1. monsterjazzlicks's Avatar
    Member
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: May 2017
    • Posts: 229
    #21

    Thumbs up Re: Correct Usage Of A Question Mark

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I enjoyed the piece, but I would lose the comma.
    It is wonderful to hear you took the time to listen to my piece, Tdol. Thank you.

    You may, or may not, be interested in hearing a little of the background story regarding the title:

    I was originally going to call it "Not What You Want?, But..." (ie. repositioning of the "But", plus the addition of a comma and ellipsis). The later syntax implies that an EXCUSE is given (by the narrative). eg. "Not What You Want?, But It's Better Than Nothing!" Anyway, whilst at music college, I asked my room-mate which version he preferred and he opted for the former - and so I went along with his choice. He was, and still is, an incredible musician and so I trusted his opinion implicitly (even though, like myself, he was not a student of English Language).

    Paul
    Last edited by monsterjazzlicks; 28-May-2020 at 15:43. Reason: font
    Mature student of GCSE English, GCSE Maths, and Level One BSL.

    I am not a teacher.

  2. jutfrank's Avatar
    VIP Member
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Mar 2014
    • Posts: 12,060
    #22

    Re: Correct Usage Of A Question Mark

    I don't doubt the jazz skills of your roommate, Paul, but I don't think his musicianship qualifies him as a trustworthy advisor of titling compositions. It's much better without the comma.

    Anyway, I love your piece. You're on keys, right?

  3. Charlie Bernstein's Avatar
    VIP Member
    Other
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Jan 2009
    • Posts: 6,073
    #23

    Re: Correct Usage Of A Question Mark

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    You can say either "... it's much clearer now" or "... it's all the clearer for your explanation", but not "... it's all the much clearer".
    Or "it's all the more clear now."
    Or "It's even clearer now."
    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.

  4. Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 70,109
    #24

    Re: Correct Usage Of A Question Mark

    Quote Originally Posted by monsterjazzlicks View Post
    He was, and still is, an incredible musician and so I trusted his opinion implicitly (even though, like myself, he was not a student of English Language).
    Go with his ideas on tunes. Question his punctuation.

  5. monsterjazzlicks's Avatar
    Member
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: May 2017
    • Posts: 229
    #25

    Thumbs up Re: Correct Usage Of A Question Mark

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    I don't doubt the jazz skills of your roommate, Paul, but I don't think his musicianship qualifies him as a trustworthy advisor of titling compositions. It's much better without the comma.
    Hi jutfrank,

    Great reply, thanks.

    To be fair, upon reflection, I don't think I articulated myself accurately enough in my initial statement (my bad! - am I allowed to say that?!).

    I asked my saxophonist friend (Joel) what he thought of the song title(s) in terms of it's 'word' content. I mean, I verbally expressed this question (he was sitting at the other side of the room [probably having a cigarette!]) as opposed to showing him the paper it was written on. Therefore he was unaware - and I did not even raise the question - as to whether (or not) there should be an inclusion of a comma, or similar.

    Now you have the FULL scenario! (which dates back to 1999).

    Paul
    Last edited by monsterjazzlicks; 29-May-2020 at 20:32. Reason: splitting reply
    Mature student of GCSE English, GCSE Maths, and Level One BSL.

    I am not a teacher.

  6. monsterjazzlicks's Avatar
    Member
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: May 2017
    • Posts: 229
    #26

    Re: Correct Usage Of A Question Mark

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    Anyway, I love your piece. You're on keys, right?
    You are very perceptive. Yes, it is indeed my good self on keys (well, 'piano' actually - but it COULD have been on a keyboard, using the 'piano' preset). Actually, 99.9% of the jazz/pop music popular use the term keys over piano - in fact, you may or may not know, that during the 1970s and early 80s the term 'steam piano' was used frequently to determine the distinction between the two models. This was before my time though (as I did not turn pro until I was aged 17 in 1986).

    Thank you once again for taking the time to check out the link, and also your kind words. There is far too much 'negativity' in the online world, in my opinion.
    Last edited by monsterjazzlicks; 29-May-2020 at 20:41. Reason: spelling
    Mature student of GCSE English, GCSE Maths, and Level One BSL.

    I am not a teacher.

  7. monsterjazzlicks's Avatar
    Member
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: May 2017
    • Posts: 229
    #27

    Re: Correct Usage Of A Question Mark

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Or "It's even clearer now."
    Hey Charlie,

    That one is so 'obvious' I completely missed it!

    Cheers.
    Last edited by monsterjazzlicks; 29-May-2020 at 20:43. Reason: smiley
    Mature student of GCSE English, GCSE Maths, and Level One BSL.

    I am not a teacher.

  8. monsterjazzlicks's Avatar
    Member
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: May 2017
    • Posts: 229
    #28

    Re: Correct Usage Of A Question Mark

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Go with his ideas on tunes. Question his punctuation.
    Tdol,

    Yes, quite! Actually, he really loved the tune and so did my composition tutor!

    Regards.
    Mature student of GCSE English, GCSE Maths, and Level One BSL.

    I am not a teacher.

  9. monsterjazzlicks's Avatar
    Member
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: May 2017
    • Posts: 229
    #29

    Question Re: Correct Usage Of A Question Mark

    btw - I NEVER receive email 'notifications' of new replies to my threads. I just checked on the settings page and everything looks as though it has been configured correctly. Perhaps this is a feature which has now been disabled (since I last frequented this forum a couple of years ago)? Hence the delayed response time on my part.
    Last edited by monsterjazzlicks; 29-May-2020 at 20:51. Reason: spelling
    Mature student of GCSE English, GCSE Maths, and Level One BSL.

    I am not a teacher.

  10. Moderator
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Dec 2015
    • Posts: 18,346
    #30

    Re: Correct Usage Of A Question Mark

    Quote Originally Posted by monsterjazzlicks View Post
    btw - I NEVER receive email 'notifications' of new replies to my threads. I just checked on the settings page and everything looks as though it has been configured correctly. Perhaps this is a feature which has now been disabled (since I last frequented this forum a couple of years ago)? Hence the delayed response time on my part.
    Check your hotmail spam folder. You may have to whitelist the address those emails come from.
    I am not a teacher.

Page 3 of 4 First 1 2 3 4 Last

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •