If you somehow missed it, here are three examples of coverage:
My book, Grammar for People Who Hate Rules, addresses four scenarios of this often used — and often misused — punctuation mark: with Latin abbreviations (chapter 29), with academic degrees (chapter 30), with conjunctions (chapter 41), and with but (chapter 42).
This post focuses on commas when they are used to separate clauses, both independent and dependent. ContinueLike it? Share it!
Email continues to be the predominant form of business communication, yet many business climates are becoming even more casual. What’s the best way to start a message? How formal or informal should your salutation be?
The best answer: It depends.
An email opening consists of a greeting and a name. It can set a formal, respectful tone or an informal, friendly tone.
Dear Mr. Lee:
Good morning, Brad.
A reader questioned whether to include a comma between an informal greeting and the person’s name: ContinueLike it? Share it!
First: What is grammar? Grammar encompasses the words we choose and how we punctuate them — how we string them together.
Words give our sentences meaning, and punctuation marks tell us when to pause or stop, when to raise our voice or show emotion, when we’re asking a question versus making a statement.
Here are your pet peeves: ways others speak and write that you find annoying. They’re alphabetized so you can skim and select what interests or resonates with you. I’ve commented here and there and added examples. ContinueLike it? Share it!
This week, I give a nod to the comma, a punctuation mark we all likely use multiple times daily.
In particular, I want to talk about the comma when it separates elements in a series: ContinueLike it? Share it!
Although it’s catchy, I clicked on the link to see if the errors — you instead of your, no capital Y, and a comma where none is needed — were intentional as a means to attract attention or whether they truly were oversights.
When I read further, I decided they had to be oversights, as these faux pas were only the beginning. ContinueLike it? Share it!
But is what we call a coordinating conjunction; it connects groups of words that are considered equal in rank.
Other common coordinating conjunctions are and, for, or, nor, so and yet.
Some readers have questioned whether to always use a comma before but. The answer: No, not always.
Can you spot what’s lacking in the second of each of these examples? ContinueLike it? Share it!