On Tue, 14 Aug 2012 01:16:05 +0100, Peter Humphrey wrote:
> > ...unlike grocers' apostrophe's, which crop up everywhere and are far
> > more grating for me.
> Agreed, except that I think you mean greengrocers'.
Both are valid. Greengrocers' is the more common, grocers' is shorter.
When you are paid by the word, the difference is important
> I also find that
> commas seem to be thrown at random into a piece of prose in the
> apparent hope that a few will land where they might do some good.
I know what you mean, but that is more a matter of style than rules. I
have been criticised by editors for using too many and too few.
> Penrose is sometimes guilty of that. And don't start me on the
> egregious Oxford comma.
I wouldn't dare.
> Nor on the German insistence on separating the
> verb from the object with a comma, as though the action could proceed
> without something to act on.
Different language, different rules. Put another way, I don't speak
German so I don't care
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