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comma or dash

Posted: 13 Mar 2019, 04:36
by Jimbo
Dear Mom - How are you? I'm fine.

Blah - Blah - Blah

Love - Jimbo

Joe Smith - a mechanic - told me to buy a new car.

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Re: comma or dash

Posted: 13 Mar 2019, 08:11
by Penk!
I probably wouldn’t punctuate ”Love Jimbo” at all as it’s a shortened way of saying ”Love from Jimbo”, but otherwise it’s a comma for all of them.

A dash works with Joe Smith but it depends a bit on what you’re trying to say, I think. Compare:

Joe Smith, a mechanic, told me to buy a new car, as this one’s on its last legs.

Yeah, I’m fond of this car, but Joe Smith - who’s a mechanic - told me to buy a new one.

Re: comma or dash

Posted: 13 Mar 2019, 08:39
by Sam Stone
PENK wrote:I probably wouldn’t punctuate ”Love Jimbo” at all as it’s a shortened way of saying ”Love from Jimbo”, but otherwise it’s a comma for all of them.

A dash works with Joe Smith but it depends a bit on what you’re trying to say, I think. Compare:

Joe Smith, a mechanic, told me to buy a new car, as this one’s on its last legs.

Yeah, I’m fond of this car, but Joe Smith - who’s a mechanic - told me to buy a new one.


Comma:

Without

Jimbo is fond of eating children and dogs

With

Jimbo is fond of eating, children and dogs

Re: comma or dash

Posted: 13 Mar 2019, 08:56
by GoogaMooga
Comma, comma, comma, commeleon
You come and go
You come and go-o-oh

Re: comma or dash

Posted: 13 Mar 2019, 08:57
by GoogaMooga
Let's hear it for the Oxford comma!

Re: comma or dash

Posted: 13 Mar 2019, 09:07
by Sam Stone
Let's hear it for the Oxford comma, and then some!

Re: comma or dash

Posted: 13 Mar 2019, 09:37
by Jimbo
PENK wrote:

Joe Smith, a mechanic, told me to buy a new car, as this one’s on its last legs.



I see your point and as I played around with dashes in place of commas I can see how there'd be some clumsiness. But why the comma between "car" and "as"? Not that a dash would help. I might put a comma, too, then remove it, then put it back. And why did I separate "too" with commas?

Re: comma or dash

Posted: 13 Mar 2019, 09:46
by Penk!
The comma is used to signify a pause - I think one would naturally have a little pause at that point in the sentence. Otherwise it gets a bit long and unwieldy with all the different clauses.

Re: comma or dash

Posted: 13 Mar 2019, 10:29
by Rorschach
PENK wrote:The comma is used to signify a pause - I think one would naturally have a little pause at that point in the sentence. Otherwise it gets a bit long and unwieldy with all the different clauses.


In this case, the comma is to separate a non-defining clause. I.e. you can stop the sentence at the word, 'car', and it still makes perfect sense.

Re: comma or dash

Posted: 13 Mar 2019, 15:16
by Matt Wilson
Right, there's gotta be a comma after "love."

Re: comma or dash

Posted: 13 Mar 2019, 15:26
by Count Machuki
Just use a demicolon, FFS

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Re: comma or dash

Posted: 13 Mar 2019, 16:18
by Snarfyguy
^^^ LOL

Re: comma or dash

Posted: 14 Mar 2019, 12:32
by Robert
Jimbo wrote:Dear Mom - How are you? I'm fine.

Blah - Blah - Blah

Love - Jimbo

Joe Smith - a mechanic - told me to buy a new car.

22-356


Take the Dash
Take the D.A.S.H