lynnem at COGS.SUSX.AC.UK
Wed Jan 24 17:17:28 UTC 2001
I think a semicolon would be more appropriate.
--On Wednesday, January 24, 2001 8:57 am -0800 James Smith
<jsmithjamessmith at YAHOO.COM> wrote:
> Maybe it's just not knowing how to use a colon. I
> think "..." or a dash would also work if the writing
> is approximating speech.
> --- Greg Pulliam <pulliam at IIT.EDU> wrote:
>> Does it seem to anyone else that the type of "comma
>> splice" exemplified in
>> "We can probably wait on the software for now, I
>> don't think it will
>> be a problem."
>> (where the comma takes the place of "because" or
>> "since") is becoming
>> more and more common in written correspondence?
>> This is the third or
>> fourth instance I've seen in less than a week,
>> leading me to think
>> that it may be moving toward respectability.
>> greg at pulliam.org
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