different from, or opposite to my traditional statements. Vs. different from, or opposite to, my traditional statements

Bavyan Yaldo 08/23/2017. 1 answers, 20 views
meaning-in-context punctuation commas
  • I adapted to the innovative ideas that are different from, or opposite to, my traditional statements.

  • I adapted to the innovative ideas that are different from, or opposite to my traditional statements.

  • the difference between two these sentences is: i took "the comma" out of the second sentence, so what is the difference in meaning between them?

1 Answers


SovereignSun 08/23/2017.

The first sentence is wrong with that comma after "to". Actually, you have two good options here:

  1. I adapted to the innovative ideas that are different from or opposite to my traditional statements. (No comma at all)
  2. I adapted to the innovative ideas that are different from, or opposite to my traditional statements. (A comma after "from" only)

Reference - Google Books Search for "different from, or opposite to"

The only solution to use a comma after "to", which I know of, is if "different from, or opposite to" starts a sentences:

  • Whether different from, or opposite to, his ideas will not be the same as yours. (Which can be rewritten as "His ideas will be different from, or opposite to yours, but not the same.")
5 comments
Bavyan Yaldo 08/23/2017
See this example: "You use otherwise to refer in a general way to actions or situations that are very different from, or the opposite to , your main statement" taken from google.jo/amp/s/www.collinsdictionary.com/amp/english/otherw‌​ise
SovereignSun 08/23/2017
@BavyanYaldo I bet that if you send them (Collins dictionary) this sentence they will remove the comma after "to" since it's really incorrect.
Tᴚoɯɐuo 08/23/2017
There are plenty of people who would put a comma after to. Punctuation conventions vary.
Bavyan Yaldo 08/23/2017
@Tᴚoɯɐuo would the meaning change whether we put a comma or not?
Tᴚoɯɐuo 08/23/2017
No, the meaning would not change.

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