American scholars say that commas are obsolete in the Internet age and should be deprecated

China News Service February 10th According to the Hong Kong “Wen Wei Po” reported on the 10th, recently American scholars claimed that commas in the Internet era is outdated, even if not used, does not affect the clarity of expression.

The scholar also described the comma as “and the chemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen into water”, no reason.

Commas are mainly used to reduce text ambiguity, but McWatt, an associate professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University, says punctuation is just a trend and a tradition, and usage changes over time.

In the Internet age, netizens are increasingly paying no attention to punctuation, and this trend has gradually spread to professional writers. In modern American literature, the frequency of commas has been drastically reduced, and even completely eliminated.

Horobin, a professor of English language and literature at Modlin College in the UK, also believes that reducing punctuation is a trend in the Internet and SMS era.

Responsible Editor: Zhang Xiaofang

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