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var123 Mon 23-Nov-15 11:41:02

No, thank you. I don't want any more.
No, thank you, I don't want any more.

I am looking at this and I've stared at them so long that both look ok! Anyone?

FinglesMcStingles Mon 23-Nov-15 11:44:40

First is definitely fine. Second fine informally, but if you're writing to a pedant then its second comma should possibly be a... semi colon? Or maybe a colon. Not sure, my brain hasn't woken up yet.

var123 Mon 23-Nov-15 11:47:59


How about?

Yes, please send me these.

Or is it:-

Yes please, send me these.

Or even

Yes, send me these please?


Smidge001 Mon 23-Nov-15 11:48:34

I hate the use of don't want. <ignores point of question>

It feels SO rude to me. "I wouldn't like any more" sounds far more polite than "I don't want any more". I can't even say the latter without scrunching up my nose and pulling a stroppy teenager face!! grin

var123 Mon 23-Nov-15 11:53:50

OK.Good point - I 'll keep it polite. Which one should I use though?

No, thank you. I would prefer not to receive any more.

No, thank you, I would prefer not to receive any more.

No, thank you; I would prefer not to receive any more.

bigbadbarry Mon 23-Nov-15 11:56:40

1 and 3 are both fine. The second contains a comma splice and while some great authors use them (Kate Atkinson is a fan), anybody even vaguely pedantic would wince.
1 is a little more forceful.

Smidge001 Mon 23-Nov-15 12:08:26

Don't like the middle option.

The first one (with full stop) is fine. It is simply two statements.

The third option is also fine. It links the two statements together more, so sort of explains why you are saying no.

However, I don't think I'd pause between the "No" and the "thank you". I'd just say it as "No thank you".

So I vote for:

No thank you. I'd rather not receive any more.

Infinitynose Tue 08-Dec-15 06:11:44

Shouldn't there be two commas? Therefore technically 2 is right?

Now I'm getting confused about my use of shouldn't.

Why have I lost myself in this corner!!!!

Infinitynose Tue 08-Dec-15 06:12:22

Though I agree smidge has te best option

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