Quantcast

A community for students. Sign up today!

Here's the question you clicked on:

55 members online
  • 0 replying
  • 0 viewing

lamarcheeks

  • 2 years ago

Hi, I'm in a heated debate with someone about the following joke/lesson; "I'd rather cuddle then have sex. If you're good with grammar, you'll get it." ... I understand the entire point is to distinguish between "then" and "than," but I maintain if the first sentence were constructed correctly, a comma is necessary between cuddle and then, which makes the whole point moot. Because if you are good at grammar, you'd realize the comma is needed. But someone rebuffed my argument. I don't know all the verbiage behind the rules, but I know a comma is necessary, or at least I think I do. Am I right?

  • This Question is Open
  1. aliceglass20
    • 2 years ago
    Best Response
    You've already chosen the best response.
    Medals 0

    I'd rather cuddle, "then" have sex. I'd rather rather cuddle, "than" have sex. I think it could work with or without the comma. It's only making a pause when you read it.

  2. lgbasallote
    • 2 years ago
    Best Response
    You've already chosen the best response.
    Medals 0

    actually if you put a comma before than, then it will become very weird. Also, I don't think you should put a comma before then. If then functions as a transition for time, then you don't use commas. However, as you can see from my two "then"s in this sentence, you'll see that i put a comma before then if "then" functions as a CONDITION. does that help?

  3. lgbasallote
    • 2 years ago
    Best Response
    You've already chosen the best response.
    Medals 0

    You usually use commas before then if the sentence is an "if-then" sentence. Like what my two sentences above. If blah blah, then blah blah but if it is just to distinguish and transition time, no commas. She walked in the store then bought some milk. However, if there is an "and" preceding then, then you use a comma She walked in the store, and then bought some milk

  4. Not the answer you are looking for?
    Search for more explanations.

    • Attachments:

Ask your own question

Ask a Question
Find more explanations on OpenStudy

Your question is ready. Sign up for free to start getting answers.

spraguer (Moderator)
5 → View Detailed Profile

is replying to Can someone tell me what button the professor is hitting...

23

  • Teamwork 19 Teammate
  • Problem Solving 19 Hero
  • You have blocked this person.
  • ✔ You're a fan Checking fan status...

Thanks for being so helpful in mathematics. If you are getting quality help, make sure you spread the word about OpenStudy.

This is the testimonial you wrote.
You haven't written a testimonial for Owlfred.