Rachael Ray is a cannibal? By Alex Brown
Posted in Latest Updates on June 18, 2012 by Alex
Each day I struggle with grammar, punctuation, and tone. I am always worrying that my error will go unnoticed by everyone except the reviewer which is why I found this so funny. One simple comma or two if you are a disciple of the oxford comma rule; and the meaning would have been conveyed as it was intended. Over the years I have collected hundreds of top ten lists and I will be sharing the best over the next few weeks. Please, share yours so we can all save families and dogs from a terrible fate. While there are no hard and fast rules about punctuation, there are good style guidelines. In today's article we will talk about the Comma, one of the ten most commonly used punctuation marks and a guide to their use.
Use commas to separate independent clauses in a sentence, for example:
Use commas after introductory words, phrases, or clauses that come before the main clause:
NOTE: You should not do the reverse of this. For example, the following two cases are wrong:
Introductory words that should be followed by a comma are: yes, however, and well. For example:
Use a pair of commas to separate an aside from the main body of the sentence. For example:
NOTE: You can test this by removing the aside from the sentence. If the sentence still reads correctly, you have probably used the commas as you should. In the case above, this would render: John and Inga are coming for dinner tonight.
Do not use commas to separate essential elements of the sentence. For example:
The Oxford Comma is one way to use a comma when dealing with lists. It is also known as the Serial Comma or the Harvard Comma. The Oxford comma is much more widespread in American English than British English. When using the Oxford comma, all items in a list of three or more items are separated. For example:
Note: some people prefer not to use this style and will omit the final comma.
Use commas to set off all geographical names, items in dates (except the month and day), addresses (except the street number and name), and titles in names. For example:
Note: Occasionally, you will see a comma between a house number and street. This is not wrong, it is just old fashioned. It is not done in modern times, however.
Use a comma to shift between the main discourse and a quotation. For example:
Use commas if they prevent confusion:
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