Today, I have five thoughts for your consideration:
One: Some people don’t know what to do with commas and attempt to do without them altogether. This is not a good idea. Commas are to clauses what traffic signals are to streets—they govern the flow of traffic, although, in the case of sentences, the traffic is comprised of words, not cars.
- Commas follow introductory words and clauses. Instead, they took a left turn.
- Commas set off “asides.” Her sister, Sara, brought coffee.
- Commas separate words in lists: We bought apples, oranges, and papayas for the salad.
- Commas join two complete sentences, and once joined, they form one longer sentence. When used too freely, linked clauses can create run-on sentences.
- Commas frequently precede conjunctions but only when linking complete clauses. When linking a dependent clause to a complete clause, don’t insert a comma. “I intended to come back to the…
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