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Grammar Questions

Discussion in 'Issues Around the World' started by ethics, Aug 20, 2004.

  1. LissaKay

    LissaKay Oh ... Really???

    Duane Ackerman is a twit.




    Oops! Did I type that out loud?

    :angel:
     
  2. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Joseph, I am winning this argument. :)

    A lack of an Oxford comma cost dairy $5 million - CNN
     
  3. rockotman

    rockotman Blown on the steel breeze

    Holy thread resurrection, Batman!!!
     
  4. Allene

    Allene Registered User

    I don't remember seeing that thread before. I guess you (Leon) were referring to Joseftu. I worked for publishers in the fields of medicine, molecular biology, and psychology. They all wanted the serial or Oxford comma. Most newspapers and magazines require it only to avoid ambiguity. Obviously, they overlooked the need in this instance. ;)
     
  5. Arc

    Arc Full Member

    Ah yes, technical and or scientific type publications, what a joy! Ninety percent of their written articles or publications... a totally embarrassing collection of god-awful lack of quality writing. One hundred and one different styles of convoluted incomprehensible attempts to communicate.
     
  6. Allene

    Allene Registered User

    One of the worst problems was very long sentences. I'd forget what was at the beginning by the time I got to the end. I'd break it up into two shorter sentences, which they usually accepted. During the last couple of years of freelancing, I was working directly with the authors at one publisher. I enjoyed that most of the time. The most interesting excuse for a missed deadline came from a French woman (one day late) because she'd been doing flyovers in a Borneo jungle (counting the orangutan population) and couldn't email the manuscript until she got back to the research station. Then there was the geneticist who spelled my name "Allele" whenever he emailed me.
     
  7. Arc

    Arc Full Member

    When I use to be able to write well and did so for publication I found that for me editing was highly important for optimal results. Same thing when I edited other's works. Like you I found that breaking up long sentences into two shorter separate ones was crucial.

    Stat and content checker programs confirmed that the best writing averaged about 12-18 words per sentence. Shorter in that range usually being better IMO.
     
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  8. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Nope, Sir Joseph in this thread. :)
     
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  9. cmhbob

    cmhbob Did...did I do that? Staff Member

    Well, yeah. That kind of error makes perfect sense. :)
     
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  10. Allene

    Allene Registered User

    Been a while since I saw Sir Joseph around here.
     
  11. Susan Addams

    Susan Addams Unregistered User

    OMG the dreaded Oxford comma rears its ugly head again. I've seen this discussion play out all over the Internet. Myself, I just rewrite awkward sentences until they aren't awkward any more. Often there is no way out:

    "Leon goes to the spa and sees many choices for towels: red, white, green, and blue!"

    Well there's that pesky comma. Personally, I think the word "and" is overused...
     

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