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Old 09-12-2016, 04:21 PM   #76
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New lesson for the month of September.

Comma's.

I have been accused many times of overdoing it with commas, but it's better than being misunderstood.

So, when do we need comma's?

First of all, commas are used to separate phrases, thoughts, and......... actually, it's used for so many reasons.

Some examples:

"Good morning, shit."

You are most likely calling someone a shit, while wishing that person a good morning.
You may also be wishing a good morning to the shit you just expelled (for lack of a better term).

Good, morning shit.

It was indeed a good one. You feel so much better.

If you had written Good morning shit, without any commas, it would be misunderstood.

Just an Eff Why Eye, commas are used to separate items in a list.

For example; She wore a very short, tight, shiny blue dress that shimmered in the moonlight, as she pranced across the street to catch the last Skytrain on New Year's Eve.

Some people think that a comma before the word "and" is not necessary, but I like to have that extra one there, and it is perfectly fine/acceptable.

Options, options, and more options. Ah, the English language is so confusing.

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It's the difference between:
Knowing your shit, and;
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It's the difference between:
Knowing your shit, and;
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I would have written it as:

"She wore a very short, tight, shiny blue dress that shimmered in the moonlight as she pranced across the street to catch the last Skytrain on New Year's Eve."

I removed the comma between "moonlight" and "as". I think it reads a bit better but that's just my take.

Oh, and the Oxford Comma is something that separates the scholars from the plebs imo.
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You may be right. I used the comma, because of the 'two phrases could be flipped around' rule.

As she pranced across the street to catch the last Skytrain on New Year's Eve, she wore a very short, tight, shiny blue dress that shimmered in the moonlight.

Yeah, doesn't work quite that well.

It's not necessary................ what can I say? I'm comma struck.
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Oh, and commas can be used to separate names within sentences.

Hi, Dan, how are you doing these days? Sakuma Drops, I miss you.
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I often see dashes used in place of semicolons in books

but I can't seem to find that longer dash punctuation on my keyboard...fail

http://www.thepunctuationguide.com/em-dash.html
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Old 09-18-2016, 10:04 AM   #89
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Well, on a Mac, you use the option key with the "-" key. That will give you an "N" dash. You can get an "M" dash by combining the two of those keys with the shift key, or was it the "control" key. Not at a computer right now.
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I often see dashes used in place of semicolons in books

but I can't seem to find that longer dash punctuation on my keyboard...fail

Em dash -- The Punctuation Guide
For the em dash just enter two hyphens ("-").

For example, word1--word2.

If you're using MS Word or something similar, when you do this (no space before or after the dash), you'll see that the two hyphens will automatically turn into one solid line--the em dash.

You can also look up the unicode, etc., but I find for most programs, typing two hyphens is the most convenient way to use the em dash.
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All this hyphen talk reminded me about something that isn't grammar related, but bugs the hell out of me. The amount of spaces after a period. It should be two, if you are using a typewriter, but only one if you're using something a little more modern, like a word processor.
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Who vs that.

When talking about a person or people, "who" should be used.

Jack, who I saw yesterday, won the 6/49 jackpot.

Not.............

Jack, that I saw yesterday, won the 6/49 jackpot.

There are some exceptions to the rule, however.

The guy that stole the jeans, slipped and fell down the stairs. Used for someone you don't really know or give two shits about. Still, "who" sounds better.

In plural form, the use of "that" is acceptable. The girls that just left the party, were very drunk.

In any case, who should never be used with objects.

Another one is the Asian vs Oriental rule.

Asian refers to people, whereas oriental refers to objects.

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Would the following be acceptable for objects?

The tits that I saw yesterday were perky.
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Would the following be acceptable for objects?

The tits that I saw yesterday were perky.
Totally okay.........

............so where are the pics?
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So here is a challenge question..........


The tits on the girl who I saw yesterday were perky.

OR

The tits on the girl that I saw yesterday were perky.

OR

The tits on the girl I saw yesterday were perky.


OR

I love perky tits.


Also, inb4, "Women are not objects," hee hee, hue hue, pew pew.
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^^ I'd say all 4 versions are perfectly acceptable.

But really, where are the pics???
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I would just say "I saw a girl with perky tits yesterday".
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Sometimes I wonder if people's English are really that bad, or do they just comment and couldn't be bothered to proofread or edit.

If I discover grammatical errors during my proofread, I try to go back and fix it ASAP, hoping no one will read it and quote it, which then would make it too late as my mistake will forever be set in stone.
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Now there's another one............

Sometimes I wonder if people's English are really that bad.

Sometimes I wonder if people's English is really that bad.

I always get confused on that one. Is it plural because of "people's"? Or, is it singular because of the "English"? Or, People as a singular entity.......

Subject-Verb Agreement Rule(s).

Which also brings up the question - is the word "is" a verb? It is, but can also be a helping verb. Some think the word is a preposition or even a noun.

Better to just leave it to the scholars, LOL. Like a religious person. Just pray and be done with it. No need to be a theologian.

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im starting to think mg1 was once an english teacher but got in trouble for banging the students
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