If we lay close together our physical range was not much to brag about either, any given sea lion would be more voluminous.

Could anyone explain the comma usage in this sentence? Is there should be a comma before "our?" It seems to me there are two main clauses here("our physical ... either" and "any ... voluminous.")

  • Yes, there are. I would have used a semicolon or a dash between them. Jun 16, 2022 at 7:40
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    I think there's something "lost in translation" here. Most likely Knausgaard intended some allusion to the amount of bodily contact between two people (or sea lions) when "snuggling up". But "voluminous" doesn't really mean that. It means "having great volume or bulk" - usually applied to "puffed up, billowing" loose clothing; not really connected to the idea of maximised skin-to-skin contact. Jun 16, 2022 at 13:29


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