RE: "and then," or simply "then"?

Subject: RE: "and then," or simply "then"?
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: "Odile Sullivan-Tarazi" <odile -at- mindspring -dot- com>, "Van Boening, Tammy" <Tammy -dot- VanBoening -at- chartercom -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2008 14:50:42 -0600

Odile Sullivan-Tarazi wrote:

> Tammy,
> It is true that language is constantly changing and adapting, but
> this is more often the case when it comes to words and expressions.
> Punctuation tends to be more stable, as do parts of speech and verb
> forms. Do you not wince when someone says "I should have went"?
> There may be other reasons why you're reluctant either to insert an
> "and" or to change the comma to a semicolon in the construction that
> you cite.
> Would you also consider the constructions that follow to be
> punctuated correctly?
<snip massive quantity of examples and discussion>

Umm, Odile? You might want to reread what Tammy said. She's on our side.
Might want to cut back on the caffein, too. :-)


Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom


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