Simple Comma Rules Observations
The rules may seem quite complicated at first. Just remember that, as with anything, it takes practice to get used to rules, and it may seem slow-going when trying to identify the problems in your own writing. Given time and concerted effort though, using these comma rules will become second nature.
(PS Can you recognize and name the above commas in the above paragraph? First look and decide. I’ll give the answers at the end of the post.)
The all important rule that will make things easier is the basic sentence unit. Just remember to keep the main clause intact and offset extra information with commas.
There are in fact other comma rules, but they are pretty specific. What I tried to achieve with the comma blog posts was to cover the day-to-day usages.
Just so you are familiar with some of the names of the rules not covered, here is a list. As always, sources will differ with how they name them and whether they are in fact even separate rules. But this is how I view them and teach them and use them!
- Commas between equal adjectives
- Commas with dates, addresses, place names, and long numbers
- Commas with direct quotations
- Commas with longer contrasting elements
- Commas to ensure clarity
- Commas when words are omitted
(PS The answers: two nonessential commas, a coordinate comma, and an introductory comma.)
Last chance to give me some comments about this series of blogs about using commas comfortably.