Originally Posted by wnurse
Really? Copy and paste the headline into any grammer checking program. Microsoft word is one suggestion but please, feel free to use any grammer checking program and get back to me. You can say "I went fishing, flying this weekend".
That would be a grammatically correct sentence. See, you showing your illiteracy again.
Please shut up and move on and stop embarassing yourself. Unless you are an english professor or language specialist, please don't correct unless you are absolutely sure you are correct. No one likes getting corrected by someone who doesn't know what they are talking about. Just because the sentence sounds funny to you does not mean it is grammatically incorrect.
Just because Word doesn't catch it doesn't mean it's correct. Word screws up all the time.
This is from Purdue's English section of their website:
5. Use commas to separate three or more words, phrases, or clauses written in a series.
The Constitution establishes the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government.
The candidate promised to lower taxes, protect the environment, reduce crime, and end unemployment.
The prosecutor argued that the defendant, who was at the scene of the crime, who had a strong revenge motive, and who had access to the murder weapon, was guilty of homicide.
6. Use commas to separate two or more coordinate adjectives that describe the same noun. Be sure never to add an extra comma between the final adjective and the noun itself or to use commas with non-coordinate adjectives.
Coordinate adjectives are adjectives with equal ("co"-ordinate) status in describing the noun; neither adjective is subordinate to the other. You can decide if two adjectives in a row are coordinate by asking the following questions:
Does the sentence make sense if the adjectives are written in reverse order?
Does the sentence make sense if the adjectives are written with and between them?
If you answer yes to these questions, then the adjectives are coordinate and should be separated by a comma. Here are some examples of coordinate and non-coordinate adjectives:
He was a difficult, stubborn child. (coordinate)
They lived in a white frame house. (non-coordinate)
She often wore a gray wool shawl. (non-coordinate)
Your cousin has an easy, happy smile. (coordinate)
The 1) relentless, 2) powerful 3) summer sun beat down on them. (1-2 are coordinate; 2-3 are non-coordinate.)
The 1) relentless, 2) powerful, 3) oppressive sun beat down on them. (Both 1-2 and 2-3 are coordinate.)
Ok, so the first rule is "Use commas to separate three or more words, phrases, or clauses written in a series."
There are only two words here, Apple and Dell, so they don't get to be separated by a comma.
The second rule is "Use commas to separate two or more coordinate adjectives that describe the same noun."
This rule doesn't apply either because Apple and Dell are not adjectives, they're nouns. Nouns can however be used as adjectives, but I've never seen them used in a list like that before. An example of an adjectival use of a noun would be "Georgia Peach" or "Mountain Bike". I couldn't find any source that said that "Georgia, Florida Peach" would be grammatically incorrect, but *I* tend to think it is simply cause it sounds wrong. Just like "Apple, Dell Notebook" sounds wrong.
I've wasted enough time on this pointless argument. Technically speaking, I suppose you could be correct. But whether or not you really are correct, I think, is debatable. We need an English professor.
EDIT: The source on that is http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handou...r/g_comma.html