Chat talk and light discussion
Fri Jul 29, 2005 1:00 am
Lost on Tour
Okay, last one for now. This time, I’ll make it harder (right, Torben).
Is a comma required in the following sentence, and if so, where would you place it, and why?
"Below the city lights were shining."
Fri Jul 29, 2005 1:03 am
I'm gonna take a guess (and I'm sure it's wrong).
Below the city, lights were shining
Fri Jul 29, 2005 1:06 am
There's no comma required.
Fri Jul 29, 2005 1:07 am
A comma is certainly required, Torben. It should be obvious why.
Fri Jul 29, 2005 1:14 am
I have no clue.
OK. I'll never mess with you again.
Fri Jul 29, 2005 1:18 am
below, the city lights were shining.
Because you want to indicate that a city is below from where you are looking ( like a hill or something)
Fri Jul 29, 2005 1:25 am
I’ll let you know if you ever come up with the correct answer. Also, it’s not allowed to edit the posts. Just thought I’d mention that.
Fri Jul 29, 2005 1:35 am
Do I have a second chance?
Fri Jul 29, 2005 2:17 am
We don't have enough information !
Are the lights shining in the city, which is below us, or are they shining below the city ?
Without knowing which is the case, we can't know where the comma goes.
Fri Jul 29, 2005 2:26 am
Below the city lights, were shining.
is correct, because there is also a comma before the word below.
Fri Jul 29, 2005 3:39 am
Below the, city lights were shining.
Fri Jul 29, 2005 3:41 am
Below the city lights were, shining.
I hope it´s right
Fri Jul 29, 2005 3:48 am
below the city´s lights were shiningm
Fri Jul 29, 2005 3:58 am
Grammatically speaking, you could do without a comma, because you may start a period with an adverb without a comma thereafter.
However, to avoid misinterpretation, you should put one either here:
1) Below, the city lights were shining (meaning somebody is flying over a city).
2) Below the city, lights were shining (meaning the lights are on in the underground or something).
Fri Jul 29, 2005 6:37 am
Congratulations, R. R. Police. That is indeed correct. You must have a comma either place, depending on what it is you’re trying to say. PM me your address and such, and the CD will be on its way.