ooooooh Comma Rules! I need this…

16 thoughts on “ooooooh Comma Rules! I need this…

  1. My Mom told me she loved to use commas in her writing. When she was in high school, her English teacher told her so and turned her paper upside down so she could see all the commas. She was a little less profuse with those ,,,, after that!

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  2. Great reminder, and no quibbles with any of them, in theory. In practice, though, I wonder about #5 in some situations. Example: She wore a green linen suit OR She wore a green, linen suit. The second one looks odd to me.
    I have at times gone on mass comma-deleting sprees in my manuscripts, possibly because when a punctuation mark (the comma) or a word (such as ‘that’) is the focus of your attention, it’s all you can see. It’s probably best to read your stuff the way a real reader would, and note anything that jumps out as confusing or wrong. Zeroing in on one feature distorts your perception.
    Still, this comma rules chart would be a useful thing for a writer to put up on the wall, real or virtual. Thanks for posting it!

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  3. This is a great chart! The only rule here I wasn’t familiar with is No.6, about dates. I didn’t know about omitting commas in a partial date. The ones I find violated most often are 9, 12, and 13. I especially find that British authors in particular don’t set off names of address with commas, as in “Steve hurry up and come here.” Is that a standard British usage as opposed to American?

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