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Hi,

I am reading the books by David Sedaris and have noticed that he doesn't put a comma just before the phrase "the size of." To my eyes, his writing style (at lease on the superficial level) looks to be following very basic English grammar. Would you explain why there're no comma?

I'll quote some of them here:
- He reached into an open drawer and pulled out a plastic device the size of a Walkman.

- The guy I'd approached had a downy, immature mus­ tache, no more than a few dozen hairs positioned above a mouth the size of a newborn baby's.

- Here were people who packed two hundred pounds of dishes into a single box the size of a doghouse, or even worse, people who didn't pack at all.

Thank you,

M
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Hi,

I am reading the books by David Sedaris and have noticed that he doesn't put a comma just before the phrase "the size of." To my eyes, his writing style (at lease on the superficial level) looks to be following very basic English grammar. Would you explain why there're no comma?

I'll quote some of them here:
- He reached into an open drawer and pulled out a plastic device the size of a Walkman.

- The guy I'd approached had a downy, immature mus­ tache, no more than a few dozen hairs positioned above a mouth the size of a newborn baby's.

- Here were people who packed two hundred pounds of dishes into a single box the size of a doghouse, or even worse, people who didn't pack at all.

A comma represents a pause in speaking. Why do you feel you would want to pause there if you said that?

I wouldn't.

Clive
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Thank you, that made sense.

M