jsmithjamessmith at YAHOO.COM
Wed Jan 24 22:04:30 UTC 2001
I read the second clause as an explanation of the
first, therefore I would use a colon. I can see using
a semicolon if you read the statement as "We can
probably wait on the software for now, (but)I don't
think it will be a problem."
--- Lynne Murphy <lynnem at COGS.SUSX.AC.UK> wrote:
> I think a semicolon would be more appropriate.
> --On Wednesday, January 24, 2001 8:57 am -0800 James
> <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
> > is approximating speech.
> > --- Greg Pulliam <pulliam at IIT.EDU> wrote:
> >> Does it seem to anyone else that the type of
> >> 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
> >> greg at pulliam.org
> >> http://www.pulliam.org
> > =====
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