Andrey (azangru) wrote,

Noticed that one of the messages we will be putting on our web site at work has the phrase "Чтобы платить, как раньше, ..." Assuming that someone had mechanically put the comma before "как" (it's a common reflex many retain from their school years), I pointed out to our editor that the comma was not needed. Was told that yes it was.

It was exhilarating to feel that I don't really care one way or the other whether the comma remains or not (I mean, I know that it shouldn't be there, but I don't care if it stays, and I love the feeling of not being responsible for the text). But it was a little nauseating that a professional editor didn't hear the shift in semantics that the comma introduces into the phrase.

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