October 23, 2017
A Myriad of MisunderstandingsTOPICS: COPY EDITING, DICTIONARIES, GRAMMAR, MYRIAD VS A MYRIAD OF
Is myriad an adjective, as in There are myriad benefits to this plan? Or is it a noun, as in, There are a myriad of benefits to this plan?
Short answer: It's both. But a lot of people, possibly even some in present company, have fallen victim to the myth that it can't be a noun.
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When Commas Work in PairsPosted by June on October 23, 2017
LABELS: COMMA AFTER INC, COMMA AFTER STATE, COMMA AFTER YEAR, GRAMMAR, PUNCTUATION
A reminder: sometimes commas work in pairs. When you drop the second one, you end up with bad punctuation logic:
The city of Pasadena, California has a playhouse and many museums.
Here we're separating Pasadena from California, but we're not separating California from the verb "has." The result is a sentence that says California has these things while that bit about the Pasadena has no logical attachment to the sentence. The idea is that commas can set off what's called parenthetical information. When you're talking about a city, the state it's in is parenthetical to the city name.
You can see the same logic at work with terms like "Inc." as well as years after dates.
Widgets, Inc., is based in Toronto.
On April 4, 2017, we attended a concert.
Without the second comma, you'd be giving the wrong impression about the relationship between Inc. and the words that follow or between 2017 and the words that follow. So keep an eye out for this one. It's a very common mistake.
June Casagrande is a writer and journalist whose weekly grammar/humor column, “A Word, Please,” appears in community newspapers in California, Florida, and Texas. more
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