Grammar Basics – The Comma – a Definition and RECAP

As we are wrapping up our discussion of the comma, it’s a good time to define the comma and look at the most common usages of it. A Comma is a punctuation mark. (,) Commas can be found in: Lists, separate clauses, direct speech, to mark off parts of a sentence, with however, to separateContinue reading “Grammar Basics – The Comma – a Definition and RECAP”

Grammar Basics – Using the Comma with quoted or italicized titles and expressions

When you have a title or expression within your prose, it is essential to set them off from the surrounding text with quotation marks or italics. These unique titles and phrases are usually treated like noun forms, in which case the comma is used or omitted as they would be with any other noun. ForContinue reading “Grammar Basics – Using the Comma with quoted or italicized titles and expressions”

Grammar Basics – Comma usage with Quotations and Questions

Comma use with quotes or questions is one of the most common errors I find in the works of other writers. I think it’s because both of these clauses are tricky to write. Usually, a quotation or question is an independent clause. It is used in dialogue and introduced with said, replied, asked, wrote, etc.Continue reading “Grammar Basics – Comma usage with Quotations and Questions”

Grammar Basics – Comma usage with addresses

As we work our way through the different uses for the comma, it is becoming increasingly clear to me why it feels as though no one can truly get a handle on all of the rules. However, I’ve also noticed that the comma could be considered the main traffic cop on the road to goodContinue reading “Grammar Basics – Comma usage with addresses”

Grammar Basics – Commas with Dates

Before I start this blog entry, I want to say something about consistency. While it is important in many things in your life, consistency in your writing goes a long way. Regardless if you aren’t sure about how to punctuate something, make sure you punctuate it the same throughout the piece you’re working on atContinue reading “Grammar Basics – Commas with Dates”

Grammar Basics – Commas with Introductory Words and Phrases

Another day, and another kind of comma to discuss. As you may be aware of by now, there are so many ways to use a comma in writing, that it’s no wonder people get confused. And while you might be wondering why bother with learning all this, I think it is vitally important to everyContinue reading “Grammar Basics – Commas with Introductory Words and Phrases”

Grammar Basics – The Comma with Descriptive Phrases

Here we are with yet another lesson dealing with the comma. I think when you realize how many blog posts, articles, and Style Guides are dedicated to comma usage, you begin to understand why this little punctuation mark is such a bother. Today, I want to talk about using commas with descriptive phrases. Basically, thereContinue reading “Grammar Basics – The Comma with Descriptive Phrases”

Grammar Basics – The Comma with Dependent Clauses

(Notice how in the graphic I’ve included with this post, one person is dragging the other – or is it one person trying to stay with the other – this is the dependent relationship I want to illustrate here.) Well, here we are – back with another day filled with fun facts about the comma.Continue reading “Grammar Basics – The Comma with Dependent Clauses”

Grammar Basics – The Comma in a Compound Sentence

Welcome back to my crash course in basic Grammar. Today’s blog is centered around the comma in a compound sentence. First, let’s define what a compound sentence is. According the Chicago Manual of Style, (the end-all authority,) a compound sentence joins clauses by using a coordinating conjunction. (Coordinating conjunctions include words such as and, but,Continue reading “Grammar Basics – The Comma in a Compound Sentence”