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I believe that "as of" means "from this day on" while "on this date" is expressed by "as at". I might be wrong about this as I am not a native speaker .

matthiaskranke June 14, 2009, 2:41pm

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@ Archie: Isn't even the last "and" technically a conjunction? What else can it be if it is not a conjunction?

"A boy came across some grazing cattle. There was a brindle, a brown, a black and white, and a red."

matthiaskranke October 20, 2008, 6:21pm

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Should have been "into practice" ...

matthiaskranke October 20, 2008, 6:09pm

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Not being a native speaker, I wonder whether the problem with the serial comma in "This book is dedicated to my parents, Ayn Rand and God" could be solved by using "as well as" before "God". That is at least how I would attempt to reduce ambiguity in my mother tongue (German: using "sowie" - like "and" but sometimes good to use instead).

Another thing I am highly interested in is the use (or not) of a comma after "that" in the following two sentences:
- Note that(,) while Smith has good ideas, he cannot put them to practice.
- Everyone should know that(,) in 1994, most cars used on American roads were Japanese ones.

I would certainly use the comma in the second instance (parenthetic expression) and feel tempted to do so in the first as well.
However, I have seen ex. 1 with one and two commas, ex. 2 with none, one and two.

matthiaskranke October 20, 2008, 6:08pm

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