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Commas Stop Cannibalism

Okay. I can’t keep it in any more. I’ve been trying to suppress my inner Grammar Queen – since I am an English teacher and all – but I can’t do it any more. I’m doing this because I love you.

A lot of people on the Internet really struggle with grammar, and there are a couple of areas in particular. Today we’re talking about commas because if I see one more comma just in the middle of a sentence for NO REASON I’m going to lose it.

(Note: I’m totally fine with people leaving out commas for style, especially when it’s apparent. Blog posts/Facebook/etc. aren’t essays being graded and I understand that. However, just having commas in for no particular reason is really, really annoying. Oh, and commas can completely change the meaning of a sentence!)

comma rules

There are 6 rules in particular that we’re going to talk about today. There are a bunch of other rules, and they are about combining sentences and other randomness. I may make another post just about them because they are more complicated. Read this post, pin it so you can refer back if you forget, and please remember this going forward.

comma rules



Use a comma or commas to separate an appositive (a noun immediately following another noun that renames the first noun).

Examples:

My hosting site, Blogger, is easy to use.

It is easy to use my hosting site, Blogger.

Note – do not set off the appositive if it is a blood relationship or close relationship that cannot change.

Examples:

My sister Emily goes to Boston University.

The movie was about Edward the Confessor.

comma rules

Use a comma or commas to separate a noun that calls the name of the person or thing to which you are speaking.

Example:

Becca, have you seen Erin’s new blog post yet?

This is one way that commas change the sentence! What is the difference between, “Let’s eat Grandma!” and, “Let’s eat, Grandma!”? Cannibalism! 

comma rules

Use a comma after introductory words and phrases. This rule also helps with combining sentences and the other 2 comma rules.

Examples:

Yes, you are reading a blog post about comma rules right now.

Once upon a time, there was blog post about commas.

comma rules

Use commas to set off words inserted, but they’re not really needed. If you take these out, the meaning of the sentence does not change.

Examples:

Blogger, a website many bloggers use, is a Google website.

comma rules

Use a comma or commas to separate the exact words of a speaker from the rest of the sentence.

Examples:

Becca said, “I love the sassy hair flip emoji.”

“I also love that emoji,” Kate replied, “but I’ve been using the heart eye emoji a lot recently.”

comma rules

Use commas to separate three or more items in a series of words, phrases, or clauses.

Examples:

Bloggers should use social media sites like Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

She wrote her blog post, created images for it, scheduled it, and scheduled promotions for it.

Note – if you have the word “and” in between each item, you do not use commas.

Examples:

She wrote her blog post and created images for it and scheduled it.

There are 2 other rules that have to do with combining sentences. 
Let me know if you have any questions!

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  • It's true; I do like the sassy hair flip emoji. A lot.

  • lol! I love this! Having been an English major myself, I understand and concur with the strong feelings about commas and grammar period. I'll admit that I'm not always mindful of grammar in my posts, especially when I'm tired or trying to quickly write a post. But, I do almost always go back through and proofread them later. Thank you for posting this! Maybe it will save some headaches for us English lovers. 😉

    • Wow! Okay, that last sentence was totally wrong! lol! Re-try – Maybe it will save us English lovers from some headaches. I literally laughed out loud when I read through my last sentence. I blame it on my Pennsylvania Dutch coming out.

  • I don't think I'm good with comma etiquette. I'll admit it. This helps though. Thank you!

  • Thank you so much for posting this! It helps
    xoxox

  • I'm a grammar Nazi as well! Thanks for making me feel less lonely 🙂

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