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What Commas Can Tell You

My sister, Jane, and I went to the museum. It is just the two of them, no other sisters. While it is great that we now know the sister’s name, the meaning of the sentence does not change. My sister Jane … Continue reading

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Commas, Essential or Non-Essential Personnel

Commas are called to duty to surround non-restrictive clauses. A non-restrictive clause adds  non-essential information to the sentence, i.e. the meaning of the sentence remains clear if the non-restictive clause is deleted. The April issue of the magazine, which was displayed by … Continue reading

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The Comma, a Team Player

Often, where there is one comma, there should be a second. When commas are given the task to set off an element within a sentence they work with a partner. One comma waves the starting flag, indicating the begin of … Continue reading

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Oxford Comma to the Rescue

Everyone remembers this rule: the comma in a series. Let’s look at an example. The buffet features trays of fish, vegetables and crackers and cheese. We agree there is a tray of fish. But then things become murky. The second tray could contain … Continue reading

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