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12 Major Comma Uses Explained

Commas are confusing because they are used in many ways. However, the basic principle to using commas is simple: Use commas to separate clauses and phrases within sentences that have their own meaning.

The “rules” for commas below are broadly, but not universally, accepted. However, a careful writer considers two central issues:

  • Reader understanding and
  • Consistency.…
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The Bad Commas of Eats, Shoots and Leaves

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Commas with Therefore and Too

Therefore and Too are conjunctive adverbs, and they cause a lot of problems with commas. Before we look at using commas with therefore and too, we need to understand conjunctive adverbs and what they do.

What Conjunctive Adverbs Do

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Creating Style Guides for Professional Documents

You have a document, and it has special formatting. Perhaps it has heading styles, block quotes, references, and the like. Maybe you need to use APA style or…

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4 Writing Strategies for Improving Relationships and Persuading Readers

Language, and writing, can do one of two things, depending on how it is used: enhance a relationship or damage it. In simple terms, it can help bring people together or push them apart; it can help you accomplish your purposes, or it can hinder you. Language is never neutral.

 

What does…

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Added by David Bowman on July 21, 2011 at 1:00am — 1 Comment

Three Errors with Compound Sentences

You have two connected ideas, two ideas that together make a complete message. In fact, the connection is so close that you want to join them into one long sentence. For example, let’s say you want to communicate these two ideas:

 

1. The man entered with a gun.

2. Bank personnel were…

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Added by David Bowman on June 21, 2011 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Comma with TOO

Comma before too? Do you or don’t you put a comma before too at the end of a sentence?



Yes, You Do



Put a comma before the final too when too means also or as well. For example, which of these two sentences is correct?



  1. I think chocolate is tasty…
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Ending Paragraphs at the Right Place

Although paragraph structure challenges writers, it is essential not only to help organize the content logically but also to keep the reader interested to the end of the document. On the other hand, if paragraphs are not structured well, the reader will have difficulty understanding the ideas being presented and…

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Where Does the Comma Go?

Do commas confuse you?



The final stage of the writing and editing process is proofreading: correcting any errors in spelling, punctuation, word usage, and format. Roughly 75% of what I do while proofreading clients’ documents is correct commas.

 

When I teach university writing…

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Use the Serial Comma

Commas in Series


First, two correct examples of sentences using the serial comma.

1. The toy was red [comma] round [comma] and heavy.

2. I purchased pickles at the store [comma] gas at the convenience store [comma] and flowers at the florist for my beautiful wife.

 

RULE A

Separate every item in a series with a comma.

 

Series: A series is a string of three or more…

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How much should my e-book cost?

Amazon.com and SmashWords have opened the doors for self-publishing authors to distribute their e-books worldwide, and many authors are quick to take advantage of this opportunity. They upload their book files, fill in the book descriptions and other information, and then get to the question of price. How much should an e-book cost?



Many new self-publishing authors are looking for the most readers possible, so they choose a low price. Perhaps the author is hoping consumers will buy… Continue

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