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December 3rd, 2006, 10:20 PM
Which is correct:

But writing, like talking, can easily be misunderstood.


But writing, like talking, can be easily misunderstood.

... thoughts, please.

December 3rd, 2006, 11:54 PM
I'm sure if I'm wrong someone will say something... but I think either would be correct. But the first is better.


Rocket Sheep
December 4th, 2006, 07:25 AM
Nah, my vote is with the second... but I'd take out "can be" and put "is".

And I'm sure there's a grammatical reason for that choice... somewhere... but I can't find it in my brain... sorry. :confused:

December 4th, 2006, 08:40 AM
Depends. In formal writing the second use is proper, because a helper verb should always immediately precede the verb to which it relates. However, in creative writing, all sorts of . . . well . . . creativity is perfectly acceptable. So, if this sentence is part of a creative work, then use whichever construction seems best to you.

December 4th, 2006, 10:30 AM
Do you need the 'But' to start the sentence?

December 4th, 2006, 01:53 PM
Do you need the 'But' to start the sentence?

Nope, but that's me. I feel the sentence says what it needs to without the but, but then I have been known to be wrong...

December 4th, 2006, 02:05 PM
Um... I doubt we have enough context to judge the "But". Depends on the previous sentence.

Nothing to add about the original question; which has been answered in detail.

December 4th, 2006, 07:29 PM
Also, one should never start a paragraph with "But".

I am wondering if the first comma is necessary. :)


December 4th, 2006, 08:24 PM
I am wondering if the first comma is necessary. :)


"like writing" is an inserted phrase and needs commas on both sides (or, perhaps, none at all - if you don't want to set it off). The two commas are a team.