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  •  Grammar policeman (0+ / 0-)

    Not to be a jerk, but:
    "That was wrong and bad and it should be immediately stripped out of the posting and an apology should be issued."

    A. It's a run-on sentence.
    B. "Wrong and bad" is redundant.

    •  Conan the Grammarian (0+ / 0-)

      Hmm. I don't agree. Connecting clauses with conjunctions is one remedy for a run-on sentence. Although three independent clauses side-by-side, joined by "and", might be considered poor style.

      As for redundancy, avoiding it is all good and well, and if we and our kith and kin will cease and desist from it by hook or by crook, eradicate it from every nook and cranny, part and parcel, bag and baggage, and embrace this heart and soul then we can first and foremost improve our language by leaps and bounds, and make our writing prim and proper, spic and span, and neat and tidy, and if we stay on the straight and narrow and don't rant and rave then we can be spared from rack and ruin and Sturm und Drang and finally achieve a little peace and quiet and be all sweetness and light.


      Sorry. They were coming fast and furious for a minute there. Again and again. Over and over. Cheek by jowl.

      I'll tell you honestly, man to man, after all that hustle and bustle I need a little rest and relaxation. I don't mean to huff and puff. I could go on and on....

      Timetable for withdrawal: July 4, 2007.

      by dconrad on Fri May 11, 2007 at 01:48:06 AM PDT

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      •  Funny. :-) (0+ / 0-)

        I concede to your accuracy here - however, I would point out that most of the "A and B" examples you used could be considered idioms and therefore could be considered exempt from grammar rules, just as "To boldly go where no one has gone before," has been tolerated (to the point where grammar experts gave up and said that it's legal in English now to reverse the verb and adverb).

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