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The Comma - part one.


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Rikki66
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They are also my bane. This is a well-put-together piece, I'll never remember all those rules, especially, the adverbial. That is the reason I pay a premium for Grammarly.

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Gareth,

Nice work! And brave, as well. Imagine a student - daughter of a well-known and highly revered writer getting low marks in writing and writing skills when she is homeschooled by said father. YIKES. I think it behooves you mightily to get this class RIGHT. hahaha

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'I packed swimming trunks, towel, sunscreen and spare clothes for the trip.'
--> the Oxford comma says to also use a comma after 'sunscreen'
--> surely you've heard about THAT lawsuit.

Thanks! On to part II


 Comment Written 25-Feb-2021



reply by the author on 25-Feb-2021
    Yeah, I elected to leave out the Oxford comma, for now, as it isn't actually a compulsory article of punctuation. I would use it but it does get a bit confusing for some folk. The textbooks don't mention it. Some style guides say you must use it, others say not to. I decided to keep it simple here.

reply by robyn corum on 25-Feb-2021
    That's weird because in the second part you have added it.

reply by the author on 25-Feb-2021
    Yep, but again it's not essential. if it was not there, the meaning wouldn't change.
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Great, information Giraffmang. I'm horrible, with commas so I'm glad that you were able to give some guide lines about how to properly use these pesky little pieces of grammar. Well done.


 Comment Written 25-Feb-2021


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Hi Gareth,
Gotcha!
"This is sometimes called the 'parenthesis' and in this case is a relative clause as it tells us more about the boy."
(This is sometimes called the 'parenthesis' and, in this case, is a relative clause as it tells us more about the boy.)
Okay, so I've added two commas, right or wrong. But should there be another before "as it tells us more about the boy".
At my age, I need to "pause" and catch my breath!
Cheers,
Kimbob


 Comment Written 25-Feb-2021


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Thank you for sharing all that information about the comma and when to use it. It is sometimes hard to know when to use it or not. We learned all those rules in school many years ago, but sometimes we forget.


 Comment Written 24-Feb-2021



reply by the author on 25-Feb-2021
    I always think that the best thing to do is get a kid's textbook. All the basics are there. Everything else gets very complicated very fast! lol Many thanks
    GMG

reply by Anne Johnston on 25-Feb-2021
    You are welcome
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I have a horrible time knowing when to use them. No matter how many times I am told, I can't seem to keep it in my head. I will save you examples as a help. Thank you for sharing the info.


 Comment Written 24-Feb-2021



reply by the author on 25-Feb-2021
    Many thanks for the great response, Roxanna. I hate them too! lol All the best G
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I'm glad I never had to home school my children, but I think yours are very lucky to have you to teach them. My something new I learnt, the fronted adverbial. We use these things but don't always (me hardly ever) know what they are called, or even if they've got a name. Good luck with the home schooling.
cheers
PS did I get my commas in the right place LOL


 Comment Written 23-Feb-2021



reply by the author on 25-Feb-2021
    Yeah, that term had me scratching my head but the rule is sound! I think folk like confusing other folk with technical jargon! All the best G
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I have trouble with commas and this has helped me a lot. Now, if you could only give a lesson on semi-colons, where dashes can be used and the symbol: which I can't remember the name of I think I will... I mean your nine-year-old will be more than ready to face the world lol.


 Comment Written 23-Feb-2021



reply by the author on 25-Feb-2021
    Semi-colons are the most pointless punctuation. There is never a place where they HAVE to be used, something else can always do their job! lol All the best G
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This is fantastic! I struggle with commas, so I found this to be extremely enlightening. Thanks so much for sharing this information with us. You made understanding the use of commas easy.


 Comment Written 22-Feb-2021



reply by the author on 25-Feb-2021
    Much appreciated. I keep these handy. GMG
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I hate them too. I know all the rules, but I get in a hurrry and put them in the wrong place. Half of my reviews tell me to take them out. The other half put a bunch in that I left out. It is easier to make short sentences and forget about them.


 Comment Written 22-Feb-2021



reply by the author on 25-Feb-2021
    Reviewers! It's the ones that pass themselves off as experts you have to watch for! lol Best thing I did was get a child's textbook. Has all the basics right there. All the best G
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