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 -


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

  2. The errors are sometimes extremely entertaining.

  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!