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The "connector" BUT and punctuation



ksfredriksen
Norway

The "connector" BUT and punctuation
 
Hi. I have two questions.

1. I have a question about the word BUT and the use of punctuation.

What is correct: I wanted to buy the car but I had no money.
or

I wanted to buy the car, but I had no money.

2. The other is regarding the comma in these two sentences, and what should come first, the man said (subject + verb) or said the man (verb + subject)
What is correct:
"I really liked that car," said the man.

or
"I really liked that car", the man said.



Thanks for answering!

7 May 2012      



Apodo
Australia

I wanted to buy the car but I had no money.
I wanted to buy the car, but sady, I had no money.
 
Both said the man and the man said are fine.

7 May 2012     



annabelle1654
Germany

The comma is optional because it is two short phrases, but you could also say:
 
I wanted to buy the car, but I had no money.
 
Because:
 
I wanted to buy the car = independent phrase
 
I had no money = independent phrase
 
A comma and conjunction are used to connect two independent phrases.  So technically it īs correct either way.  :)
 
Belles

7 May 2012     



almaz
United Kingdom

Regarding the first part of your second question, I assume you īre wondering about the position of the comma in quotations. As is quite often the case, there is a difference in practice between British and American English (see here).

7 May 2012     



Tere-arg
Argentina

As regards the use of a comma before "but", I understand both are fine.

Now, when quoting somebody, you say:

"I really liked that car," said the man.

or
"I really liked that car", the man said.

                                                or

                        
                         "I really liked that car", he said.   (but never ...said he)

"

7 May 2012