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Old 08-10-2009, 12:06 PM   #1  
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I'm going to computer generate a sentiment for inside my card and need some help with grammar (commas, etc.)

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
But if the doctor is cute...

or is it

An apple a day keeps the doctor away,
but if the doctor is cute...


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Not sure about which is correct, but the sentiment is really cute!
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I'm going to computer generate a sentiment for inside my card and need some help with grammar (commas, etc.)

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
But if the doctor is cute...

or is it

An apple a day keeps the doctor away,
but if the doctor is cute...

Thanks in advance
i think either is grammatically correct - so go with your preference. personally, i like the second better.

for an expert's opinion: http://languagestyle.suite101.com/ar..._or_and_or_but
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according to ms word, it is the second one.
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Either is grammatically correct. IMO, however, there seems to be a trend for starting more sentences with a conjunction, which bothers me. If it were me, I would use the second one.
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It is the second one.
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MS word is entirely untrustworthy. Both are correct.
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It's the 2nd one hun,
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Both are correct, but as an English teacher, I prefer #2.
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Grammatically, the second one is the only correct one. Technically, you shouldn't begin a sentence with a conjunction (but). I do, however, think you could use either one. Many greeting cards aren't grammatically perfect, and you can relax the rules with them.

(If you really want to be picky, you should put a semicolon before "but" and a comma after "cute.")

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according to ms word, it is the second one.
Well,DUH. Why didn't I think to do that! LOL
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Thanks everyone! I'm going with the second one.
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You know, of course, all of us now want to see your finished card.

Keep track of this thread and post a link after you upload it, okay?
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actually as an English Lit Major I would go with Option number THREE:

An apple a day keeps the doctor away; ( I *heart* Semi colons )

but if the doctor is cute...

But by the rules of the road.. Number 2 is the proper form.
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It took me 5 minutes to even notice the difference!
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It took me 5 minutes to even notice the difference!

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I was always taught that there should be a comma before and after the word "but". In my opinion it should be: An apple a day will keep the doctor away, but, if the doctor is cute...
My english teacher told me one way to tell where to put a commas is, when you say the sentence out loud, you would put commas where you have pauses when speaking.
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I vote for the semicolon....and of course the .... whatever those are called...
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I vote for the semicolon....and of course the .... whatever those are called...
It's called an ellipsis, and you're right. The ". . ." works really well for this sentiment.
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