this is a terrible thing

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this is a terrible thing

Post by azz » Wed Nov 28, 2018 4:38 am

a. This is a terrible thing not to be able to see him.
b. This is a bad blow to me not to be able to see him.


Are these sentences correctly punctuated?
Would you say that we need a comma before 'not'?

The idea in (a) is that the terrible thing = not to be able to see him.
The idea in (b) is that the bad blow = not to be able to see him.

Many thanks
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Re: this is a terrible thing

Post by Erik_Kowal » Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:47 am

Yes to the comma if you wish to indicate an emphatic pause.
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