r6035 - in trunk/BOOK: multimedia/libdriv x/installing

Bruce Dubbs 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
> it.

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.
> 
> Quiz:
> 
> 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/.  :)

  -- Bruce






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