Re: Mike Aviles is not a SS
posted at 4/9/2012 8:51 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Mike Aviles is not a SS
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Mike Aviles is not a SS : You are correct that it is not a "complete sentence" but it is a "complete concept" that doesn't modify anything in the previous sentence (as the use of a comma implies). Therefore, it should be separated. It is perfectly acceptable to separate "incomplete sentences" as sentence fragments when they don't relate to the previous sentence; while at the same time, it is unacceptable to use a comma in that instance. The correct example that would apply here would be: Daffy Dan, you idiot, your ignorance is showing. "You idiot" is not a persons name. It modifies the subject of the sentence "Daffy Dan". In Master Softlaw's sentence, "It" is the subject. Are you claiming he is calling "It" an idiot? That would be truly idiotic, no? -Daf.
Posted by DaffyDan[/QUOTE]
You are the one who is an idiot. Or at least an ignoramus about syntax.
In your sentence, "you idiot" does not "modify" "Daffy Dan." It's in apposition to "Daffy Dan."
"You idiots," in softy's sentence, so placed, does not modify anything in the main clause or constitute a sentence. I told you what it was: nominative of direct address.
As I said, knowledge of terminology uncoupled from knowledge of how English syntax and punctuation work is a dangerous thing.
Sounds as if you're familiar at first hand with comma splices and sentence fragments. Did they bring your grades down?
I once had a student who wrote two pages in which there no commas and no periods and no capitals. He said he was writing "stream of consciousness," like William Faulkner. I was not convinced.