Commas and how to use them (Part 1)

Take a look at Harmony’s post on Story Empire. A great lesson on proper usage of commas, with more to come.

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Hello SErs! Harmony here πŸ™‚ I hope this finds you all well. Today, I’d like to take a look at commas. For such a small punctuation mark, it has a big impact on how well or not our sentences read. Though we use commas a lot of the time, few of us understand them fully.

What is a comma? What does it do?

According to the Oxford English Dictionary: β€˜A comma marks a slight break between different parts of a sentence. Used properly, commas make the meaning of sentences clear by grouping and separating words, phrases, and clauses.’

The different types of comma: Listing (Standard or Oxford), Introductory, Joining, Gapping, Bracketing, and other comma uses.

One thing that can make commas so confusing is that sometimes you have options, especially with the Listing and Gapping commas.

Because there is a lot to cover on this topic, I have split it…

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4 thoughts on “Commas and how to use them (Part 1)

  1. I rely on several trusted grammar/punctuation sites to help with comma placement. One of the most misused commas is the one that comes before “and,” separating the subject from the rest of the sentence. It’s where we hear a natural pause, which makes the comma easy to insert but grammatically incorrect. Another is the “comma splice.”

    In current times, though, I wonder: Does it matter? And what about an author’s style? Some writers adore commas; others abhor the punctuation mark! I’m Old School, of course…so it matters to me.

    A very helpful post. Thanks, Harmony and Marcia. Pinned & shared.


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