Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Oscar Wilde

Proofing

“I'm exhausted. I spent all morning putting in a comma and all afternoon taking it out”


― Oscar Wilde
http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/679860-i-m-exhausted-i-spent-all-morning-putting-in-a-comma

What a process! Subordinating clauses DO, co-ordinating clauses DON'T.
Relative clauses CAN, or maybe NOT. Restrictive relative clauses (otherwise known as defining relative clauses) DON'T take a comma, whereas Non-restrictive clauses (non-defining relative clauses) DO.
Then  there is the British/American thing. I'm a British author writing for an American publisher. The best I can hope for is that the reader, of whatever nationality, is not a pedant. 

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