Beth Staas

Commas Part II

Places where commas don’t belong: Like knowing when to use commas, it’s also useful to understand where and why you shouldn’t indicate a pause. Below are five basic conventions. A more detailed understanding can be found in a library grammar book. But these pretty much cover the territory.

Beth Staas
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Introduction

You need to understand this from the get-go. Speaking and writing are based on usage. The meaning of a word can change, depending on how it's used. Some of the time, the change begins as slang.

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Take a Deep Breath

Writing styles change over the years. In Victorian times, reading was the primary form of entertainment and writers were paid by the word. Today we are in a hurry.

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