Student or Learner
A:We need to regulate the system.
B:I agree that regulations are necessary but there's a promblem.
A:What is it?
B:The problem is how to regulate it.
I wanna know two things about the converastion. First, Isn't there any wrong part above? Second, isn't comma necessary before but in the first
B line like " ,but there's a problem"?
thanks in advance.
I think there is something wrong. "B" talks about "regulations" and then says that "the problem is how to regulate it", where it should be "regulate them", because "regulations" are plural - and here, the joke is that they need to regulate the regulations!
About the comma: in a situation like this, some people have the opinion that we should use a comma before "but there's a problem", but others say it's not necessary. To be honest, if you read the sentence without including the comma it still works quite well, so in my opinion it can be left out.
You will see that the same applies to what I have just written above. Some of the commas I have used are not really needed but they help to break up longer sentences and make the phrasing easier to follow.
Last edited by Grinkl; 09-Feb-2008 at 11:23.