Comma Rules

How do grammar and punctuation affect style?

Note: The WritingEssentials blog is on hiatus. Meanwhile, favorite posts will be published with updates. Ellen ~~ Writers can use their understanding of grammar rules and sentence syntax to shape their stylistic choices. As discussed in a previous post, when writers make “accurate, effective, and helpful punctuation choices,” this adds to their competency and authority …

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More comma confusion

I’ve discussed comma confusion before, particularly in my free fundamental comma guide (available here) which discusses three areas where there is confusion over “the rules” or where comma use can cause confusion usage “rules.” I also discussed the use of commas in these situations in three early posts on writing essentials blog: the Oxford or …

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Grammatical errors and other matters of style

Writers can use their understanding of grammar rules and sentence syntax to shape their stylistic choices. As discussed in the previous post, when writers make “accurate, effective, and helpful punctuation choices,” this adds to their competency and authority as a writers, asserts Martha Kolln in Rhetorical Grammar (84). While grammar handbooks and in-house style guides …

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What does missing comma with a non-restrictive element mean?

Missing comma with a non-restrictive element is the last comma rule we will consider that appears on the Top Twenty list of common errors. It is ranked as #11. Interestingly, the related error unnecessary comma with a restrictive element appeared on the 1986 list. That category was expanded in the later list to include other …

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