A crowd congregated around the entrance to the theatre, hoping to catch a glimpse of the stars of the show.


can i write the above sentence leaving out comma?

asked Nov 03 '12 at 09:52 Asif Nawaz New member

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You can. If you leave it in, it would be more of a stylist comma to give a pause after 'theatre'.

link answered Nov 03 '12 at 10:17 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

Actullay this is a question. Since I am new here I dont know whether this is the place to ask it here but I am going ahead!

I have heard that the modern trend is to avoid punctuating as much possible. Is this true?

Thanks in advance for your clarification.

srinivasan nNov 03 '12 at 12:15

There is such a trend, but it has been largely misunderstood. In the past (perhaps 70 years ago), students were taught to place commas wherever their voice paused -- this resulted in too many commas. Today, students are being taught to only place commas where they are required. This does not mean that commas are optional -- far from it. You must learn the "rules" for comma placement, place commas only where required, and omit unnecessary commas. Punctuation is still a requirements -- as is capitalizing the personal pronoun "I" (not "i").

Jeff PribylNov 03 '12 at 15:29

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What does "i" mean? It is not a word in the English language. If you mean the personal pronoun "I" you MUST capitalize it. This is not an option. Proper punctuation is not optional.

link comment answered Nov 03 '12 at 15:34 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

I think it is best left in, otherwise it is a very long sentence

link comment answered Nov 03 '12 at 19:52 Angela Rigley New member

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