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Punctuation – Naked, Afraid, and On The Run

 
 
CRW
 
Reply Mon 13 Apr, 2015 02:07 pm
Comma or no comma: which is correct and why?
An angry bear chased me through the woods in 1986, when it saw me without my clothes at the lake.
An angry bear chased me through the woods in 1986 when it saw me without my clothes at the lake.
Thank you.
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Ragman
 
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Reply Mon 13 Apr, 2015 02:10 pm
@CRW,
You're barely correct if you write:
"An angry bear chased me through the woods in 1986 when it saw me without my clothes at the lake."

However, there's no wrong choice here. A matter of style is more recent where people commonly drop the comma. No bodies will be found dead if and when you do.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 13 Apr, 2015 05:20 pm
@Ragman,
Very good, both of you.
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CRW
 
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Reply Mon 13 Apr, 2015 06:23 pm
@Ragman,
Yes, but how about this:
An angry bear chased me through the woods in 1986 when George Deukmejian was re-elected Governor of California.
An angry bear chased me through the woods in 1986, when George Deukmejian was re-elected Governor of California.
Isn't a comma required here?
Ragman
 
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Reply Mon 13 Apr, 2015 07:00 pm
@CRW,
Same situation as before. You're not changing the scenario significantly. The first one is fine.
kengreen
 
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Reply Tue 13 Oct, 2015 12:33 pm
@Ragman,
The problem is not understanding punctuation! It sarts with
Volume-no. and goes all the way down to the humble and much overworked comma.

Well constructed English seldom needs punctuating. If it does not read with a natural rythm - write it again! Commas only in place of parentheses.
Ken Green
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