The Grammar Belle

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“The Texas one or the France one?”

Hey, y’all. If you live ’round these parts, my title may be a dead giveaway for today’s topic . . . but since I know I have lots of Yankees, Canadians, Okies, and others from around the world who read my blog, I’ll go into more detail.

I am lucky enough to be taking a fantastic trip in a few weeks—to Paris! Invariably, when I tell someone about it, they ask, “The Texas one or the France one?” Every single time, y’all.

I’m thrilled to say it’s the France one (no offense to the lovely town of Paris, Texas). And I’m happy that my upcoming European vacation has reminded me why it’s important for me to write this blog post for y’all. When making travel plans with friends, writing a news story, or working on a geography report, it’s important to know if you mean Dallas, Texas, or Dallas, Georgia. That additional explanatory or identifying copy—telling exactly WHICH Dallas you’re talking about—works just like an appositive.

So, using the state or country name along with the city/town is akin to:

My sister, the travel agent, is coming for a visit next week.
We went to Six Flags, our local amusement park, over Spring Break.

Those phrases contained between the commas are extra information. It’s additional info that’s sometimes even crucial. It’s crucial—for packing purposes—to know if you’ve won a trip to

Paris, France, or

Paris, France, or

Paris, Texas.

Paris, Texas.

And here’s a very important thing about using appositives, one that is missed approximately 83.4%* of the time, usually by major news outlets: An appositive needs a PAIR of commas.

Yes, I’m positive the appositive needs a pair of commas.

Please. And thank you.

I didn’t write any blog posts last week. It was a tough one for our nation and for my home state, in particular. But, I hear it’s time we all do our best to get back to normal . . . and, for me, that would be sharing with y’all some of the finer points of grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

And I’d ask y’all to hug your folks a bit tighter today and every day, whether you’re in

West Texas or

West Texas or

West, Texas,

West, Texas,

Boston, Massachusetts, or

Boston, Massachusetts, or

Boston, Indiana.

Boston, Indiana.

Hugs from me,
TGB Sig

*Data derived from informal TGB research, usually while watching TV.

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17 comments on ““The Texas one or the France one?”

  1. Lois
    April 22, 2013

    Please define “Yankees”, and enjoy your trip.

    • The Grammar Belle
      April 22, 2013

      Thanks, Lois! For me, “Yankee” is a loose term, referring to Northerners, Californians, Canadians and pretty much any non-Southerners.

      • Lois
        April 23, 2013

        Haha! Then that would include Paris, France, but not people from England 😉

  2. fransiweinstein
    April 22, 2013

    Bon voyage! There’s also a Paris, Ontario. Did you know that?

    • The Grammar Belle
      April 22, 2013

      Thanks, Fransi! I hope I didn’t catch Julie’s travel ju-ju! I didn’t know that. I did, however, know that there’s a London, Ontario. And I hope you’ll be able to make it to Dallas, Texas, to see us sometime!

      • fransiweinstein
        April 22, 2013

        I would love to. It is on my to-do list.

  3. outlawmama
    April 22, 2013

    Why isn’t it Texan one or French one?

    • The Grammar Belle
      April 22, 2013

      Well now, OM, I suppose it could be . . . No one ever asks it like that, though! Hmmmmmmm.

  4. ourmom
    April 23, 2013

    I hope you enjoy your time in Paris, France.
    I enjoyed the geography lesson. I didn’t know about Boston, Indiana. I probably get that comma deal right about 16.6% of the time.

  5. julie@sowsewso
    April 28, 2013

    Greetings Grammar Belle! I’ve nominated you for a new award award. Check out the details here: http://sowsewso.com/2013/04/26/so-family-affair/

  6. Sarah
    April 29, 2013

    There is also a Paris, Ontario.

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