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February 21, 2005

Random commas

Taken from fourth edition of "The Complete Plain Words" by Sir Ernest Gowers and revised by Sir Bruce Fraser.

For your pedantic pleasure:

"We wrote on the 12th May asking for an urgent report regarding the above contractor's complaint, this was followed up on the 24th May by a telephone call."

"You may not be aware that a Youth Employment Service is operating throughout the country, in some areas it is under the control of the Ministry of Labour and National Service and in others of the Education Authorities."

Anyone have a problem with this use of commas?

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