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August 11, 2008

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mighty red pen

Your subject line here is a hoot! Thanks for the laugh.

Heather

Thank you for your posts on the usage of the comma. I love using commas and place them incorrectly all of the time.

Heather

Thank you for your posts on the usage of the comma. I love using commas and place them incorrectly all of the time.

Steve N. Lee

As a writer, commenting on a blog about grammar without my copy editor holding my hand is like taking a dip in the ocean despite a host of dorsal fins tearing towards me…

This is a great post, Dan. Believe it or not, I was actually taught about this in school – back in the day when learning the basics of language and mathematics actually seemed to matter – but it was never explained in such a beautifully simple manner, so my classmates and I were all left floundering somewhat at this ‘comma-free’ revelation. The concept has stuck with me ever since but, because of this grey area, I often query the odd comma placement in just the scenarios you’re discussing. Well, no more! One little post and suddenly there’s an “Oh, yeah!” moment. Who would’ve thought a simple technique involving ‘and’ could make this ‘problem’ so easy to solve?

Great job, Dan. Thanks,
Steve
Steve N. Lee
author of suspense thriller ‘What if…?’ http://www.steve-n-lee.com
and eco-blog http://www.lionsledbysheep.com

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