Using commas, oh my.
I read today that writers do not use nearly as many commas as were used in 1900. I remember being taught that if you forgot all the rules, which most of us have, to place a comma whenever you hear a pause. Today this seems to be a little used and mostly forgotten comma lesson. Why? Because that leaves too many of the dreaded comma’s. There is a relationship between pauses and commas, but it is not strong enough to always use a comma for a pause.
Best advice I read on commas is that if you are not sure leave it out. Now that’s pretty good.
I am reading a new grammar book taking a look at how comma use has changed. Hope it helps. My undergraduate minor was in American Literature nowadays I wish it would have been in English.
My photo of the day
|Relaxing this evening in the beautiful North Bluff Castle at Guernsey State Park|