Re: RE: Six elementary rules for writing good english

Subject: Re: RE: Six elementary rules for writing good english
From: linda_sims -at- vanguard -dot- com
To: <poshedly -at- bellsouth -dot- net>
Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2007 12:22:23 -0400

Ken Poshedly wrote on 08/06/2007 11:57:50 AM:

> For instance, the use of a comma after "mind" (in "Keep in mind
> George...") is one of those fuzzy areas of the English language.
> When used as a synonym for the word "and" (for instance, in a series
> of objects separated by a comma), you're correct. But sometimes, the
> comma is used to underscore the importance of what was just stated.
> As in this case. (Oops! an incomplete sentence!) <grin>

Bonnie is correct that there should be no comma after "George", as comma
placement here can radically change the meaning of what you're saying.

If you were to say, "Keep in mind, George Orwell", then you are directly
addressing someone named George Orwell and I, as someone not named George
Orwell, could ignore the statement.

If you were to say, "Keep in mind George Orwell", then you are telling the
reader to think about George Orwell in the context of his six rules.

Lin Sims
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