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How might I punctuate the following sentence? Students, stop cutting in line(?)stop throwing food(?)and stop leaving trash.
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Deb asks...
In the sentence: "... in a May 24, 2004, letter to American National. . ." Do we need the comma after the date ALWAYS, or do we leave it off because we're talking about a date?
Anne answers...
In this particular instance you do not use the comma, but in many other instances you do. Why is this one different? Because May 24, 2004 is being used as an adjective to modify the noun "letter".
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