Punctuation and the fundamentals of how to use it can be confusing for many new writers. Most grammar books and style guides are difficult to understand and seem intimidating. What follows is only a quick guide, a “How-To Guide for Basic Punctuation.”
The many convoluted laws of grammar can make the literary universe a chaotic place. Commas can be tricky because some applications are open to interpretation. However, the most basic laws of comma use are not open to interpretation.
Two things we never do:
- Never insert commas “where you take a breath” because everyone breathes differently.
- Do not insert commas where you think it should pause, because every reader sees the pauses differently.
Commas and the fundamental rules for their use exist for a reason. If we want the reading public to understand our work, we need to follow them.
The Fundamental Laws of Commas:
Commas join two independent…
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