Comma or no comma? That is the question.
Which is correct, or are both?
Oahu's largest television channel, Real Hawaii TV is aired in over 26,000 hotel rooms and features compelling, fast-paced stories..
Oahu's largest television channel, Real Hawaii TV, is aired in over 26,000 hotel rooms and features compelling, fast-paced stories.
thanks & aloha, Peter
Hi Peter! This is quite the discussion going on, and I had to get in on it.
Regarding your first two sentences, the only differences between the two are:
- The comma is missing after the additional information
- There are two periods ending the sentence
Other than what I just mentioned, the sentences are exactly the same.
The reason "Real Hawaii TV" is additional information (as all the previous contributors stated) is because it can be removed from the sentence. The sentence will be grammatically correct without it.
"Oahu's largest television channel is aired in over 26,000 hotel rooms and features compelling, fast-paced stories."
No loss of meaning. It is not grammatically necessary to have "Real Hawaii TV" in the sentence. If you want "Real Hawaii TV" to be essential to the sentence it needs to be worded differently.
"Real Hawaii TV is Oahu's largest television channel..." for example.
The same applies to your second post. "...the Empire State Building..." is additional information and requires commas around it. The sentence can function, grammatically, without it.
"NYCs tallest building is on 34th Street."
Both sentences are about "the largest television channel" and "the tallest building." Removing those statements would result in a loss of meaning.
I hope I've helped : )
|link comment||edited Apr 28 '12 at 01:12 Jody M. Expert|
Sorry about my ostensible rudeness, entirely unintentional. I'm new here.
Thanks so much for your help. I posted "nay" to the replies because, in sentence #1, "Real Hawaii TV" certainly is not additional information. It is the subject of the sentence, described by the words preceding and following it. To toss it would be to change the sentence completely. #2 works, of course, but if #1 doesn't, it must be for another reason.
Here's another one like #1: "NYC's tallest building, the Empire State Building is on 34th Street." That makes eminent sense to me. yes/no?
mahalo & aloha, Peter
|link||answered Nov 26 '11 at 05:14 Peter Gellatly New member|
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