Re: Comma splices

Subject: Re: Comma splices
From: Tracy Boyington <trlyboyi -at- GENESIS -dot- ODVTE -dot- STATE -dot- OK -dot- US>
Date: Tue, 9 Jan 1996 13:44:11 +0000

> When I get confused about commas, I reduce the sentence to its basic elements
> before I analyse it. I remove any adjectives, adverbs, and prepositional
> phrases, for example:

> Select Edit and Cut.

> Clearly, no commas are needed here. Why would commas belong in the example
> above?

To me, this says Edit and Cut must be selected at the same time (such
as from a menu of checkboxes)

Tracy Boyington
Technical Communication Specialist
Oklahoma Department of Vocational & Technical Education
Stillwater, Oklahoma

I never express opinions, but if one slips out, it belongs
to me and not ODVTE.

"I think I did pretty well, considering I started out
with nothing but a bunch of blank paper."
-- Steve Martin

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