Re: Comma question

Subject: Re: Comma question
From: Kathleen MacDowell <kathleen -dot- eamd -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- polycom -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2013 13:10:12 -0500

Richard, I found the sentence ambiguous with and without the comma. Perhaps
it would be made clearer by context, but I agree with those who suggested
rewriting.

Kathleen


On Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 12:38 PM, Combs, Richard
<richard -dot- combs -at- polycom -dot- com>wrote:

> Tony Chung wrote:
>
> > It doesn't help that you don't have a complete sentence. A missing
> subject
> > can cloud anyone's perception of how the language is used.. While this
> > style is common in API docs, just know that the comma rules should
> > technically follow a proper sentence structure.
>
> Implied subjects aren't limited to imperative sentences. I think most
> grammarians would agree that if the implied subject is clear from the
> context, the sentence is just fine. That's the case not just in API docs or
> Karen's table of algorithms, but in any table or list of items followed by
> descriptions of what they do.
>
> | Accelerator | Makes the car go forward.
> | Brake pedal | Makes the car stop.
>
> The implied subject of each sentence on the right is the term on the left.
>
> Richard G. Combs
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References:
Comma question: From: Karen Felker
Re: Comma question: From: Tony Chung
RE: Comma question: From: Combs, Richard

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