Oh, Those Pesky Commas!

A second problem writers – at least those not well-educated in grammar – have is to put too many commas in sentences. This creates pauses where you really don’t want or need them.

This is probably not as bad as putting in too few commas, but still creates readability issues. I believe many wannabe writers who use too many of these pesky little devils tend to put them before the word “and,” no matter how that word is used. When setting apart independent clauses, the comma is desirable before “and,” but not when it’s used to simply separate words in a list: “Jamie went to the game, and the  park.” The comma is not needed here unless the list contains more than two items.

Dear Maggie,

My editor who lives in Nigeria told me this, “You don’t use enough commas, in your fiction, and nonfiction work. These works are too difficult to read, without proper punctuation, and, especially, commas.”

Do you think he’s right?

Signed,                                                                                                            

Comma Confusion

Dear Comma Confusion,

I can see, your problem, and your quandry. My advice, is to find a different editor.

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About aakemp

I am a fiction writer and freelance writer/proofreader with excellent research abilities as well. What I offer is high quality writing done in a smooth, logically consistent and error-free manner. No fluff ever with my writing! Just intelligent, interesting copy. My novels include the young adult fantasy, "The Dragons of Atlantis" and the thriller/mystery, "Beneath the Smoke," available on Amazon's Kindle program. Also "The Dragons of Atlantis" is available on OffTheBookshelf.com as an ebook or hard copy.
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