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The Comma Coma – a deadly disease

I sometimes overuse the comma as I’m writing; however, I’ll go back and edit my work. If my sentences sound too choppy, I’ll cut the commas out.

Noreen Lace

Do you go into a coma when someone starts talking about commas?

Don’t get bit by the deadly comma coma bug! Figure out how to make the comma work for you not against you!

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The purpose of all punctuation is to clarify your thoughts and ideas so readers can enjoy and understand the book!

Did you have a teacher that told you, “whenever you feel the need to pause, insert a comma”?

WORST ADVICE EVER!

When we are writing, we naturally pause to think. That is not necessarily where a legal-grammar-rules-keep-calm-and-use-commas-e1490740001283comma needs to be.

Commas have a number of rules. My favorite site to use – and to introduce to my students – is the Owl at Purdue. Their comma usage explanations are clear and detailed.

One of my editor-friends believes says the comma used for introductory words, phrases, and clauses is “going the way of the dinosaur.” While I…

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