missing comma


You criticise the sentence, "No he isn't," because of the missing comma. As this is within quotation marks, my view is that the comma suggest a thinkg response; the absence of a comma suggests a swift emotional, possibly unreasoned response.

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asked Jul 19 '13 at 23:18 Robert Bodifee New member

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What context is the phrase being used in? In precise, academic English, a comma would be required between the words "no" and "he", as they are two different statements (one is a negation of a previously stated fact, and the other is a descriptive statement). However, you'll often find the comma dropped in colloquial usage, even when published, for the reasons you stated in your original post.

link comment answered Jul 20 '13 at 21:43 Alex Gebethner New member

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