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Do full-stops belong on signs?


The sentiment in this one is applaudable, human and genuine; but is the syntax excusable?

Full-stops (or periods for our American friends) often do not appear on signage unless perhaps where an abbreviation is used.

In my mind even a comma after Fairmont wouldn't make it right, as the sign is expressing two different thoughts and therefore two different sentences.


My suggestion would be:

"Thank you for staying at the Fairmont. We realise you had a choice."


Syntax Schmintax is an attempt to document, and make myself more aware of, the grammatical errors being made in advertising and marketing by organisations who in the main employ professional sign-writers and printers.  It is by no means an authoritative reference, and is only my personal opinion.  Feel free to chime in and comment, especially if you are one who has an English honours degree (which I don't)!