In case you're wondering, "toward" and "towards" are also both correct. (I could have written that: In case you're wondering, "toward" and "towards" are, also, both correct. But why would I?) According to G.G., sources say the "s" is more common in Britain, and I always write "towards." I thought this might be because of some ancestral trait passed down to me through my Euro-mutt genes but it turns out that reading a library of works by British authors who use "towards" is the more likely culprit of this particular oddity I have.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
She's my favorite. I go to her whenever I have a grammar question and she gives me easy and concise answers that make sense. Today's gander was prompted by my wanting to know if you use a comma with "too". The short of it, you can decide whether or not to use a comma as both are correct. Per her example: "He has the ball too." "He has the ball, too." Again, both are correct but the sentence with the comma has added emphasis because a comma carries with it a pause. For my money, I'm using the comma because I read in my head how I'd speak it aloud, and the pause makes sense. If you're Virginia Woolf or Terry McMillan, you don't give a hoot about pauses, you're just going to ride that stream of consciousness gravy train into next week. Woot, woot!