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Jonathon's picture

not that hard to take issue

Jonathon

"A judge emailed me directly to say that 'folks whose readers depend on precision (as do those in my field) ignore the rule at their peril.'"

I must respectfully disagree—I don't think it's that hard to take issue with these people. The real rule is that nonrestrictive clauses are set off with commas and that restrictive ones aren't. The same goes for clauses starting with who and relative adverbs such as when and where. If the that/which rule is so important, how do we get by without it in those other types of relative clauses? And how did people cope before the rule was invented? It's only been around a hundred years or so.

Posted on Fri, 03/07/2014 - 12:20pm

Adrienne Montgomerie's picture

I've quietly got your back

Adrienne Montgomerie

Whispers: Go, Jonathon. I'll hold a placard, you call the rally.

Posted on Mon, 03/10/2014 - 7:29am

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