Chat talk and light discussion

Free CD #4

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. :lol:


Fri Jul 29, 2005 1:35 am

Do I have a second chance?

Fri Jul 29, 2005 2:17 am

Ken -

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 :D

Fri Jul 29, 2005 3:48 am

below the city´s lights were shiningm :lol:

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.