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GRAMMAR TIME!

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I work for an editing/proofreading/general writing service, if anyone ever needs such a thing. Warning: We are not cheap. Or at least, I don't think we are. I really don't know what to compare us to.

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Um. You might want to check for consistency of serial comma use on your home page.

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You're really reaching, aren't you?

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Perhaps I am reaching. There is a serial comma in the second paragraph, but there is a series in the first paragraph with no comma. However, between "no serial commas" (AP Stylebook) and "use serial commas" (Chicago Manual of Style), there are a couple of intermediate rules that I've seen in "house" or company stylebooks, which make exceptions for complex lists. Since the list in the second paragraph is complex, one could infer that Josh's home page copy follows one of these intermediate rules.

However, when we get to the "About Us" page, there are serial commas in simple lists. So there is a consistency problem with the site as a whole.

Edited by mrmando

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Congradulshuns,, Mando! You have, made me, never want to type, at least, try and do any grammer, around you guys, ever again,.

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March 4 is National Grammar Day!

Grammar Girl brings you her top five grammar tips; "Affect/Effect" is #1

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March 4 is National Grammar Day!

Grammar Girl brings you her top five grammar tips; "Affect/Effect" is #1

Beth gets us out of serial killer comma land and back on topic. Beth, you RULE!

I will check that out... Headed to the library, will check there ...

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dont worry stef i wont parse anything U write unless U pay me...

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That list is great, Beth. Thanks!

Beth gets us out of serial killer comma land and back on topic. Beth, you RULE!

I will check that out... Headed to the library, will check there ...

Grammar problems aside, I do a lot of proofreading (specifically AP style) for my job. I'm watching your commas, Stef.

OK, I'm not.

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Would you rather have a sentence that ends like this?!

Or would you rather have a sentence that ends like this

Would you rather eat chicken or fish.

Would you rather slide down a 50 foot razor blade into a huge vat of salt or staple a piece of balogna to your forehead and stick your head in a piranha tank --

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Would you rather have a sentence that ends like this?!

Or would you rather have a sentence that ends like this

The former. The latter sentence does not end.

Would you rather eat chicken or fish.

Yes.

Or ...

Why can't I eat chicken while I fish?

Would you rather slide down a 50 razor blade into a huge vat of salt or staple a piece of balogna to your forehead and stick your head in a pirhanna tank --

Well, we are missing the unit type on the razor blade dimension. Remember how Spinal Tap ended up with an 18-inch Stonehenge? If it were a 50-micron razor blade, I'd probably go for it. A 50-meter razor blade, not so much. Anyhow, there's no such thing as a "pirhanna," so perhaps the latter option is safer, except for the stapling part (ouch!). Now if it were a piranha tank ... hm ... maybe not.

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Oh, sorry about that, that is supposed to read "50 foot razor blade," actually going back to fix that one...

PS gonna have to begin the spelling thread which sits alongside the grammer theread

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I might choose the razor blade if I got to slide down its surface, rather than its edge...

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Boys, boys! :o

Sorry--couldn't resist.

Edited by BethR

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