We could live without some commas, but eliminating all of them would hinder clarity, and people would waste time rewriting the sentence just to avoid using them.
Posts Categorized: Punctuation and Grammar
Anyone who thinks the comma before “and” is not important, a federal court says otherwise. People have strong opinions about the need for a comma before “and” in a series of three or more things. Some people insist on it, and others feel just as strongly that it’s not necessary, but a court case in… Read more »
Where to use commas and semicolons can be challenging. Here are two situations that cause considerable head scratching. Let’s first remember that punctuation marks are intended to guide readers so that they correctly understand your sentence, and so they read it easily, without stumbling. You have flexibility; nothing in the history of punctuation says there… Read more »
Dashes are not a one-size-fits-all answer each time you need to pause. People frequently use dashes interchangeably with the comma: Anytime they want to pause, they just toss in dashes without realizing that the nature of the information dictates whether a dash is appropriate. The comma represents a routine pause; the dash does not. You can occasionally… Read more »
With all the nuances of the English language, writers often are stare at a sentence and ask, is that right? Here are a few issues people commonly ask about. Starting a sentence with and – Because many teachers said it was wrong, there remains a persistent belief that it is taboo. But writers have done it… Read more »