Thursday, October 20, 2011

Commas! Placement is everything

It's an old subject but still an important one.  I'm a comma terror.  Delete! Delete! Delete! if it isn't necessary.  Put them in the right places, it makes all the difference.

Here's a link with the rules and great examples. Commas - Grammarbook.com

3 comments:

  1. Argh...I hate those little swirly thingies. But it's fun to read the errors sometimes. =)

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  2. The errors are sometimes extremely entertaining.

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  3. Ah, the comma. The only other punctuation mark apart from the semicolon that can cause writers to become enemies. My fellow copywriter told me the other day that I use commas like cake sprinkles and she's not wrong. In a recent article I wrote the following sentence appeared:

    The international superact, Coldplay, has released the music video for their single, Paradise, taken from their upcoming album, Mylo Xyloto.

    I saw absolutely no problem with a six-part sentence, but they copyedited me to the point that I only had two commas left in the sentence. I cried a little bit on the inside...

    Commas are free. Use them!

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