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Hi,

Thanks for this. I can see your creative...

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Oleks's picture

Hi Ed! Thank you for your comment and corrections! I...

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Thank you, Kealin! I will try to use shorter sentences...

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Hi Ed! At the time I myself was only sitting at the...

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Thank you, Kealin! At last not a single extra comma!

4 hours 26 min ago

These complicated commas 7

Rule number 7: Interpreters and parenthetical elements should be set off with commas. What are they? Both interpreters and parenthetical elements pop up in the middle of a sentence to show emotions, tone, or emphasis, or to add extra information which could be removed without changing the meaning of the sentence.
Here are examples:
Rocket launch, I am happy to report, went smoothly.
He was not, unfortunately, at the meeting.
Now I want to tell you a story. I hope you enjoy it. In any case, I hope it will be more interesting than grammar. So, let's begin.
The desert is a lot of sand. On the one hand, this is true. But if we continue to reason in this way, we will have to add that the mountains are just big stones, and the sea is a lot of water. It seems to me that this will be a very simplified view of the nature of things.

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Ros Watson's picture
I learn : Italian (Beginner) French (Beginner)
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Hi Oleks

Very little to change!  You ARE getting good!  Here are my (few) corrections:

Usually you would say 'The rocket launch.........went smoothly'

I would use 'would' rather than 'will' in your conditional sentence:  But if we continued to reason in this way, we will would have to add that the mountains are were just big stones, and the sea is was a lot of water. It seems to me that this will would be a very simplified view of the nature of things.  

 

 

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Oleks :
I learn : English (Beginner)
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Hi Ros! Thank you for your comment! I understood your point about the imagery situation here.

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Aliakbar Majidi's picture
I learn : French (Beginner) Persian (Expert) Spanish (Beginner)
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Good job, Oleks. Keep going!

Rule number 7: Interpreters and parenthetical elements should be set off with commas. What are they? Both interpreters and parenthetical elements pop up in the middle of a sentence to show emotions, tone, or emphasis, or to add extra information which could be removed without changing the meaning of the sentence.
Here are some examples:
The rocket launch, I am happy to report, went smoothly.
He was not, unfortunately, at the meeting.
Now I want to tell you a story. I hope you (will) enjoy it. In any case, I hope it will be more interesting than grammar. So, let's begin.
The desert is a lot of sand (In the desert, there is just sand?). On the one hand, this is true. But if we continued to reason in this way, we will would have to add that the mountains are were just big stones, and the sea is was a lot of water. It seems to me that this will would be a very simplified view of the nature of things. [I agree with Ros, since you are talking about some imaginary situation here.]

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Oleks :
I learn : English (Beginner)
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Hi Aliakbar! Thank you for your corrections. I need to pay more attentions to tenses.

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I learn : Spanish (Intermediate)
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Rule number 7: Interpreters and parenthetical elements should be set off with commas. What are they? Both interpreters and parenthetical elements pop up in the middle of a sentence to show emotions, tone, or emphasis, or to add extra information which could be removed without changing the meaning of the sentence.

Here are examples:

Rocket launch, I am happy to report, went smoothly.

He was not, unfortunately, at the meeting.

Now I want to tell you a story. I hope you enjoy it. In any case, I hope it will be more interesting than grammar. So, let's begin.

The desert is a lot of sand. On the one hand, this is true. But if we continue to reason in this way, we will have to add that the mountains are just big stones (no comma) and the sea is a lot of water. It seems to me that this will be a very simplified view of the nature of things.

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Oleks :
I learn : English (Beginner)
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Hi Kjcoffin! Thank you for your correction!

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