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Re: USAGE: "all"

From:Joe <joe@...>
Date:Monday, June 30, 2003, 20:58
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From: "Mark J. Reed" <markjreed@...>
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Sent: Monday, June 30, 2003 9:30 PM
Subject: Re: USAGE: "all"

> MJR = Mark J. Reed > JL = John LeLand > > MJR> Compare "My brother, Jacob, is coming over > MJR> this weekend." with "My brother Jacob is coming over this weekend." > > JL> According to the grammar handbook I use in teaching Eng 102, putting > JL> commas around Jacob in that sentence would be a punctuation error, > JL> because Jacob is a restrictive appositive. > > I'd say that whether it's restrictive or not depends on context. If > the speaker has only one brother, then the fact that his name is Jacob > is not restrictive, but just informative. I agree with the use of > commas only for non-restrictive appositives.
I use commas intuitively. That is, I put them when I would pause in actual speech.
> -Mark >