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I agree with your opinion, but none of the four sentences should ever be used. There is too much room for misanalyzing them for instance, is the Harward comma being (or to be) used or not.

I've always wished for two levels of comma so that you could create,

"The two flags were red, white and blue,, and green and yellow."

The two commas together creating a stronger comma than the single ones. This would clear up some of the overloading issues with commas that exist today in English and probably every other language written above the See Spot Run level.
One problem with the original sentence is that the two flags are not red, white and blue or green and yellow, no, one of the flags is red, white and blue and the other is red and green. Try expanding out the sentence:
* "The two flags were red, white and blue, and the two flags were green and yellow."
The sentence really makes no sense by the above read.

Try other similar sentences:
"His two cars were blue and white."
The only meaning that I would seriously consider from the above sentence is that both cars were blue and white, two tone. By that read, the two flags must have been five coloured.

"Throw me that lipstick, darling, I wanna redo my stigmata." +-Jennifer Sanders, "Absolutely Fabulous"
I've always wished for two levels of comma so that you could create, "The two flags were red, white and blue,, and green and yellow."

A sort of N-comma and an M-comma? :-)

Paulo
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I know the all arguments that you can present against this stupidall the philosophy but it is of no avail.to ... out on the second week of the course - he's useless!" The world, alas, is not a perfect place. :-(

Well, you got answers. There were several versions of them, and pondiality had something to do with that. I presented my view fairly clearly, and I included a reference and a pointer to another one.

It is up to you to accept or reject any of the opinions that were presented. It's not like any writer in this forum, with the possible exception of Prof. Lawler, has the absolute say in these matters.

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Well, you got answers. There were several versions of them, and pondiality had something to do with that. I presented ... like any writer in this forum, with the possible exception of Prof. Lawler, has the absolute say in these matters.

Yes, I certainly got more answers than I expected.

Thank you all very much - and you too, Skitt - you have all been very helpful. As usual.
Thank you also for the corrections, Skit.

Paulo
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That's interesting. How about stacking them vertically?

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> That's interesting. How about stacking them vertically?

It could work, especially if you trim the tail off the top one so as not to infringe on the lower one.

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paulo (Email Removed) wrote on 09 Nov 2003:
Let me make it easier for you: If an opinion ... useless. Usefully, that also works in my defence too. OK?

Might be easier for him, but me me - I'm still trying to understand this reply! :-(

Don't bother. The reply is *** and the replier is a parrot. Nothing he's said so far makes sense. And if sense can be made of what he's said, it turns out to be useless. His remarks are those of a pompous ass of a parrot
Might be easier for him, but me me - I'm still trying to understand this reply! :-(

Don't bother. The reply is *** and the replier is a parrot. Nothing he's said so far makes sense. And ... what he's said, it turns out to be useless. His remarks are those of a pompous ass of a parrot

I know that I'm inviting all sorts of flak here, but just seeing the AOL part of a sender's address waves a caution flag in my face something like "warning, warning: this person chose the provider of his intenet access because he has no clue on how to handle techincal stuff and thus chose a provider for which no thought processes are required in using it". It's that, or a complete lack of knowledge of what are the better options of accessing these exalted fora (classy, eh?). In either case, there is some* indication of a lack of reasoning capability. There's YJ, of course, but he is Y and therefore has a lot to learn, as obvious from his posts. He has chutzpah, of course; oh yeah, *that he has!

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Skitt, my first error was obviously just a word transposition caused by "water on the brain".
The second one, I'm still trying to figure out.
"I know all the..."
How should the sentence have read? Where does the "to" go, or what should it replace?
Tks

Paulo
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