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 Post subject: Usage of Comma
PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:08 pm 
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Hi All

Which is correct? "Me and my brother John went to school" or "Me and my brother, John, went to school" ?

My DS says a comma is needed, I'm not sure. Any suggestions?


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 Post subject: Re: Usage of Comma
PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:12 pm 
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"My brother John and I went to school" if you have more than one brother, or "My brother, John, and I went to school" if you only have the one brother and you wish the listener / reader to know that his name is John....

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 Post subject: Re: Usage of Comma
PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 12:13 pm 
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Thanks Toadmum..


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 Post subject: Re: Usage of Comma
PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 4:30 pm 
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As an aside, if you're not sure whether to use 'I' or 'me' then just imagine the sentence without the other person in it. You wouldn't say 'me went to school' but 'I went to school'.

One of my particular bugbears is 'give it to John or I'. Almost as bad as 'contact John or myself'. You wouldn't say 'contact myself' unless you were very pretentious.

Sorry, OT - a little bit.


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 Post subject: Re: Usage of Comma
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 Post subject: Re: Usage of Comma
PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 4:42 pm 
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Is there any good website for Punctuations?


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 Post subject: Re: Usage of Comma
PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 6:04 pm 
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We were always taught that you should be able to take the bit in commas out of the sentence and it will still make sense. Mind you that's does presume the sentence makes sense in the first place :lol: :lol:


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