Whatever certainty that you think you have about the comma, today in “Commas for Clarity” we reach one of those uncertain times. We know a comma would help, but should we use one? Or two? Why should that comma be there at all?
Here’s a couple of answers for that uncertainty.
Links that Separate / The Comma
Commas for Clarity
As a link that separates, we’ve seen the comma join common (equal) elements. Commas balance and group similar and dissimilar elements, including grouped items within a series. And we’re beginning to see, with the double adjective comma, how the mark creates clarity for the reader.
Clarity clears up meaning in order to avoid confusion. Some clarity is a matter of style (as people claimed the Oxford comma was a matter of style). When a writer wants to phrase a sentence in a certain manner, the writer will add a comma or two or three to help us to group phrases and pause for mental breaths. Continue reading “Monster Monday: Commas for Clarity.”
Monstrous Monday resumes with that great monster of Punctuation, the Comma: pervasive, ticky and tricky, devious little mark that demands use and hates over-use. Today, we introduce the comma along with its buddy the conjunction.
Function 3: Links that Separate
The only punctuation mark more widely used than the comma is the period.
The period means stop. The comma means pause and has this appearance: ,
When you read a sentence aloud, as if you were speaking in a normal conversation, you will hear a slight pause that helps identify where the comma will be placed. That’s a quick way to know when you need to use a comma. The better way is to know and understand the various uses of the comma.
The comma is the true mark that links and separates. We have journeyed through the unusual colon and the semi-common semicolon. We delayed the comma, remember, to keep learning focused, for once students believe they know something, then they pay no attention. Also, those teaching these links do not realize how much time mastery of the colon and the semicolon will consume. Continue reading “Monster Monday: Monstrous Commas with Conjunctions”