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Is this sentence incorrect because of the commas? If so why?

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Out of nowhere, a colorful big ball falls, bouncing near him.
asked Feb 03 '12 at 17:42 Brian Lucas New member

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The big error I see is a missing comma:

 

Any use of multiple adjectives on the same noun that are independent of each other should be separated by a comma.  Failure to do so effectively turns the first adjective into an adverb describing the second adjective (usually poorly):

 

"a colorful, big ball" - the ball is both big and colorful.

"a colorful big ball" - the ball is colorfully big (as opposed to, say, blandly big) and you sound like you're speaking in weird 1920s slang.

link answered Feb 03 '12 at 17:49 Rik Kluessendorf Contributor

I have an issue with this. Adjectives are intersective by nature, which means that if you say you have a big colorful ball, your ball is big and your ball is colorful. You're not saying that the colorfulness is big on the ball. Multiple adjectives can modify the same object. "Small green ball." "Sweet pink kitten." Brian, your sentence seems to be written in consideration to prosody, which is awesome to see. You're not missing any commas that I can see, if the meaning you intend is the meaning I'm reading. The only thing I would do would be to switch the order of the modifiers around. "big colorful ball" sounds better. Syntactically, size-modifiers tend to precede color-adjectives. Not that it necessarily always happens, but it's a pattern that we see across languages. I hope that helps. AnnaFeb 04 '12 at 04:14

Anna, I disagree. In your comment, you've stated both ways to identify coordinate adjectives (place "and" between them, reverse their order). Coordinate adjectives must have a comma between them, no exceptions. Jody M.Feb 04 '12 at 05:05

As Jody said, check the rule on "coordinate adjectives." The other test is whether you can use the word "and" between the adjectives. Each sample you have used, Anna, needs a comma. Rik KluessendorfFeb 04 '12 at 05:05

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"As the Vice Head Girl of my school, I was responsible to maintain the discipline and decorum of the school. I used to help Teachers Committee to co-ordinate and organize for various events like sports activities, parents meeting, social and cultural events.I as the representative of the student, discussed their grievances in the weekly student council committee meeting and the same was conveyed to the faculty members."

 

Can someone please help me in correcting the above paragraph grammatically?

link edited Feb 03 '12 at 18:08 komal sahu New member

"As the Vice Head Girl of my school, I was responsible to maintain the discipline and decorum of the school. I would help the Teachers Committee to co-ordinate and organize for various events like sports activities, parents meeting, social and cultural events. As the representative of the student body, I discussed their grievances at the weekly Student Council Committee meeting and which was conveyed to the faculty members." Di HendersonFeb 04 '12 at 22:33

As the Vice Head Girl of my school, I was responsible for maintaining the discipline and decorum of the school. I helped the Teachers' Committee co-ordinate and organise various events, such as sports activities, parents' meetings, and social and cultural events. I represented the students at the weekly Student Council committee meeting, and conveyed any grievances to the faculty members. Lindsey YorkFeb 06 '12 at 11:21

Thanks for your help :) komal sahuFeb 07 '12 at 08:46

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I agree with Rik and disagree with Anna.  Coordinate adjectives are two or more adjectives that modify the same noun.  The rule is that a comma (or commas, depending on how many adjectives) is placed between the adjectives.

 

What I do to identify coordinate adjectives is reverse their order.  If the result is still appropriate, then you need a comma.  A colorful big ball or a big colorful ball.  Both mean the same thing.  As Rik said, you need a comma between colorful and big.

link comment answered Feb 04 '12 at 04:58 Jody M. Expert
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Hey guys, thanks for the great input... Yes, I do believe you're right about that missing comma. Thing is that when you're immersed in writing a story, sometimes simply rules forgo...

link comment answered Feb 04 '12 at 19:47 Brian Lucas New member
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Comma and big before colorful
link comment answered Feb 04 '12 at 22:34 Di Henderson New member

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