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Weekly Error

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I was surprised by your announcement at our July 30, 2015[] meeting, when you gave 10 days’ notice.

 

To

I was fooled by your announcement at our July 30, 2015[,] meeting, when you gave 10 days’ notice.

 

Missing comma after the year in a date:

Use commas both before and after the year when the year follows a specific date.


Do not use commas around the year when the year is used with the month alone (as in our July 2015
meeting).

 

Note: Like a hard day’s night, 10 days’ notice is a possessive form, so the apostrophe is correct.

 

Weekly Tip

See Error Checklist for a compilation of 75 common writing errors.

For more exercises in identifying common errors,
take the M.B.A. exam and
the Punctuation and Grammar Challenges.