r6035 - in trunk/BOOK: multimedia/libdriv x/installing
bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
Tue May 9 17:08:04 PDT 2006
Randy McMurchy wrote:
> Randy McMurchy wrote these words on 05/09/06 18:36 CST:
>> "Several" in this context is being used as a pronoun. "Smaller", of
>> course, is an adjective here. "Several" is not being used to describe
>> the files, it is used to identify *how many* files there are.
> I've went and read the darn sentence so many times now, I'm confused
> myself. Perhaps, "several" can be used as an adjective here. I'm too
> lazy to consult a grammar guide, so if you want to change it back, do
No, no. Go with your first instincts. Leave out the comma.
> Or, we can wait until someone else comments and straightens this out.
> There are several smaller apples in the other basket.
> There are four smaller apples in the other basket.
> There are many smaller apples in the other basket.
> There are no smaller apples in the other basket.
> There is 1 smaller apple in the other basket.
> Which sentences (or none) should have a comma after the word being
> used as the quantity of apples?
None. In each case the quantity modifies "smaller apples." Generally we
tend to overuse commas.
However, in the last example s/1/one/. :)
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