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Subject:Comma splices From:scot <scot -at- HCI -dot- COM -dot- AU> Date:Tue, 9 Jan 1996 16:06:09 +1100
>To me, this screams "BAD GRAMMAR" and would have merited summary
>execution from my 7th grade English teacher. Yet I see this kind of thing more
>and more often (written by technical writers and passed by their editors). I
>that it is both ungrammatical (and am prepared to argue this with some
>and detracts from readibility.
While you're 7th grade English teach might have fits over it, I am perfectly
sure your audience will have no problem with it (unless its audience is 7th
grade English teachers!). If your audience can understand it without a
problem, then there's nothing wrong with it. If that's the way they might
commonly do something, then it's 'correct' grammar, too.
I would argue it makes no effect on readability, therefore, it's perfectly cool.