I have been listening to old tunes from Velvet Underground lately (while doing taxes - its perfect!)
And a grammatical question has come up.
In Venus in Furs, there is a line, which I will show you first without punctuation:
Strike dear mistress and cure his heart.
Yet, it is ambiguous.
Strike, dear mistress, and cure his heart.
Here, the mistress is being addressed and doing the striking.
or it is
Strike dear mistress, and cure his heart.
The comma is optional, but here the imperative form is being directed at a third party and by watching this action, the subject's heart is cured.
I'm leaning towards the first option, as the second is kind of convoluted.
But anyway, something for you to think about as the weekend begins and Valentine's Day is coming soon. : )
Here is the song: Venus in Furs - Velvet Underground
And to those of you who sneer at the use of commas - here is proof that they are important!!@!