a cold, unseen stranger

Discussion in 'English Only' started by jjshin, Aug 4, 2008.

  1. jjshin Senior Member

    Why you don't put "and" between two adjectives?
    I often see this style.
    How come?

    A cold, unseen stranger, whom the doctors called Pneumonia, stalked about the colony, touching one here and there with his icy fingers.
  2. TimLA

    TimLA Member Emeritus

    Los Angeles
    English - US
    Both with and without the "and" are fine, but for "sound" the author chose not to use "and".
    Often in long sentences, one might want to use fewer unnecessary words.
  3. SwissPete

    SwissPete Senior Member

    94044 USA
    Français (CH), AE (California)
    It's a matter of style and preference.

    "It was a dark and stormy night" (see Wiki) would not sound the same as "It was a dark, stormy night".
  4. OtterPop Member

    Atlanta, GA, United States
    American English
    Sometimes a commma is used in place of the word "and." This is common in written and spoken English.
  5. Mr.X Senior Senior Member

    Burmese & English (2nd Language)
    I agree with SwissPete, "A cold, unseen stranger" is not same as "A cold and unseen stranger".

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