Monster Monday: Monstrous Commas with Conjunctions

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.

Alfred Smedburg’s 1912 “Bland tomtar och troll” / public domain image

Function 3: Links that Separate

The Comma

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”