comma or dash

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Comma or Dash

Comma
2
29%
Dash
2
29%
Both are fine
3
43%
 
Total votes: 7

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Jimbo
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comma or dash

Postby Jimbo » 13 Mar 2019, 04:36

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

Postby Penk! » 13 Mar 2019, 08:11

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.
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Re: comma or dash

Postby Powehi » 13 Mar 2019, 08:39

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
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Re: comma or dash

Postby GoogaMooga » 13 Mar 2019, 08:56

Comma, comma, comma, commeleon
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Re: comma or dash

Postby GoogaMooga » 13 Mar 2019, 08:57

Let's hear it for the Oxford comma!
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Re: comma or dash

Postby Powehi » 13 Mar 2019, 09:07

Let's hear it for the Oxford comma, and then some!

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Re: comma or dash

Postby Jimbo » 13 Mar 2019, 09:37

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?
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Re: comma or dash

Postby Penk! » 13 Mar 2019, 09:46

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.
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Re: comma or dash

Postby Rorschach » 13 Mar 2019, 10:29

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.
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Re: comma or dash

Postby HEN » 13 Mar 2019, 10:50

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.


'Love Jimbo' could be an order, without the comma. Leave it in so there's no confusion!
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Re: comma or dash

Postby Matt Wilson » 13 Mar 2019, 15:16

Right, there's gotta be a comma after "love."

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Re: comma or dash

Postby Count Machuki » 13 Mar 2019, 15:26

Just use a demicolon, FFS

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Re: comma or dash

Postby Snarfyguy » 13 Mar 2019, 16:18

^^^ LOL
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Re: comma or dash

Postby Robert » 14 Mar 2019, 12:32

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.

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