Is this sentence incorrect because of the commas? If so why?
Out of nowhere, a colorful big ball falls, bouncing near him.
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|
"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|
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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