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    Punctuation and shades of meaning

    I was told that each of the following sentences conveys a different meaning, but I cannot discern their distinct individual meaning. Please me:

    1. We'll, be ready to eat Mr. Tompkins when the bell rings.
    2. We'll be ready to eat Mr. Tompkins when the bell rings.
    3. We'll, be ready to eat, Mr. Tompkins, when the bell rings.
    4. We'll be ready to eat, Mr. Tompkins, when the bell rings.

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    Re: Punctuation and shades of meaning

    1 & 3 are ungrammatical, we would never use a comma after "we'll" or "we will."

    In sentence 2, Mr Tompkins is what (the food) we will eat when the bell rings.

    We'll be ready to eat roast beef when the bell rings.
    We'll be ready to eat Mr. Tompkins when the bell rings.

    Sentence 4 is punctuated correctly. All of the others are not.

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    Re: Punctuation and shades of meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by Murad View Post
    I was told that each of the following sentences conveys a different meaning, but I cannot discern their distinct individual meaning. Please me:

    1. We'll, be ready to eat Mr. Tompkins when the bell rings.
    2. We'll be ready to eat Mr. Tompkins when the bell rings.
    3. We'll, be ready to eat, Mr. Tompkins, when the bell rings.
    4. We'll be ready to eat, Mr. Tompkins, when the bell rings.

    Murad

    Hi

    Sentences 2 and 4 convey a different meaning. The correct sentence here is nr. 4.
    Sentence nr. 2 tells us [ because of a wrong punctuation] that "We are going to eat Mr. Tompkins when the bell rings". [it is an act of canibalism or man - eating].
    Sentences nr. 1 and 3 are totally incorrect because the mark or morphem for future " `ll " [ will ] can not be split from the rest of the verb by a comma.

    Regards,

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    #4

    Re: Punctuation and shades of meaning

    Maybe "Mr. Tompkins" was the name of our favorite chicken or pig.

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    Re: Punctuation and shades of meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    Maybe "Mr. Tompkins" was the name of our favorite chicken or pig.
    Or maybe they are cannibals

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    Re: Punctuation and shades of meaning

    Poor Mr. Tompkins!

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    Re: Punctuation and shades of meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by teia_petrescu View Post
    Poor Mr. Tompkins!

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