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 Post subject: Dash, comma or colon?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 11:39 am 
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This sentence is taken from a punctuation exercise in the 11+ for Essex.


Pelagia was amused by the situation not so the cat

Can anyone shed any light on the correct punctuation mark between situation and not?

The answer sheet has a dash.

Could either a comma or a colon have been used?


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 1:04 pm 
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brackets?


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 2:42 pm 
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A definite no to the comma, a more cautious no to the colon. Personally I would go for a semi-colon; the dash looks like a copout to me. :D


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 2:52 pm 
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I would go for the cop out I reckon, not perfect but not incorrect...


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 3:29 pm 
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Semicolon is incorrect here as "not so the cat" cannot stand alone.

Why is the comma wrong? I would really like to know. I was never taught this at school and have read both askoxford and Fowlers and cannot see why.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 3:40 pm 
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my first reaction was comma moved, as a sort of pause for breath. If it had been me in the test i think I would have used a comma actually


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 3:53 pm 
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My reaction was a comma too. I spent 8 years involved with the publishing industry and OH copyedited for most of that time. He thought colon; I thought comma. Our modern DC both thought dash!


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 4:05 pm 
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I probably wouldn't get level 4 in my sats, I tend to go for short sentences rather than complex ones.

Having spent years being told off for starting sentences with however I find it hard to encourage children to do so.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 7:47 pm 
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What's wrong with starting a sentence with 'however'?


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 9:37 pm 
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