Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Comma, Come On. The A to Z Writer's Challenge.



Jane Straus, author of the Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation, said, “Use commas to lessen the confusion of sentences, and to separate words and word groups with a series of three or more.”
An example of this is: The pie will be shared between my husband, son, brother, and nephew.
Now, if you take out the comma after brother, and instead of the four men sharing quarters, you’d have the brother and nephew sharing one third of the pie. 

Yes, commas are that important. 

9 comments:

Margo Kelly said...

Aha! My post today is about commas, too! Those pesky little creatures ...

:)

Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday. Happy April!

Debra Erfert said...

LOL. Yes, we both spotlighted commas. Fortunately, there are so many different rules to commas, the chances of us bringing up the same one is slight.

Thanks for coming by!

Kate N said...

I think I am a grammar sinner. I use commas, then I cant remember if I have used them in the right places, and it all gets confusing! I read a brief section of a book once that said that as a writer I don't need to worry about grammar too much as long as I have a good editor. I am sure this might not be 100% true but it makes me worry less about it when I write my first drafts and focus more on the content. But as you can tell, I am probably missing plenty of commas...

Debra Erfert said...

Kate, that's true to a certain point. A good editor will put those commas in the right places, but in order to impress any literary agent or publisher when submitting, you need to show them you know enough about writing that those pesky commas do become important. In the end, you dress you manuscripts to impress.

Kate N said...

True true...oh dear god! It's all true! I shall be adhering to the rules when the time comes. It's a great post!

Paula Martin said...

I'm still having to get used to this because my grammar teacher (a long time ago!) always said we should not just a comma before the word 'and'. Times - and grammar rules - have changed!

sydneyaaliyah.com said...

Any blog with grammar lesson that are fun, I am hooked. Thanks.

Debra Erfert said...

Paula, it's too true that some grammar rules have changed. I first understood that if there is a pause, you use a comma, but then there could be too many in a single sentence.

Sydney, so glad you came by.

Vidya Sury said...

Commas are definitely important! Reminds me of eats-shoots-and-leaves! :D

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