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Quiz: Writing for business – July 15, 2008

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boring_lecture.JPG Which is correct?
a. He delivered a long boring PowerPoint presentation.
b. He delivered a long, boring PowerPoint presentation.

Answer: b

Explanation
When nouns are preceded by multiple adjectives — and you’re not sure if you should put a comma between the adjectives — try substituting the comma with the word “and.”

He delivered a long and boring PowerPoint presentation. The sentence makes sense. Use a comma.

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  • MS2000
    Would avoiding the comma really be wrong if I'd say

    "Boring Powerpoint presentations can be long or short. He delivered a long(,) boring Powerpoint presentation--his colleague delivered a short(,) boring Powerpoint presentation."?
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