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Talking ‘bout the Comma

There are many ways to use the comma. One: take a noun. The rock. The rock, made of sedimentary material, is light and porous. You can also do two: use a verb. Moving. Moving, fast as she could, the girl found her mom. If you put in perspective all the elements of a sentence, short or long, and you rearrange words to slightly alter your meaning, the comma can be applied for various reasons.

Commas require strict attention. They are placed for emphatic results, and are omitted for the same effect. "This and that and this are the ways in which I slice my bread," is a perfectly viable sentence structure. Why? Because "and" provides separation between the ways the bread is sliced, all the while utilizing a literary device, Polysyndeton. In short, confusion is avoided, and the sentence reads with tried and true flair.

When applying the comma, generally speaking, take care to read aloud your work and pause where there is a comma. If you find there is an unnatural progression of thoughts, head back to the editing table. Please email or call me any time.

Commas are very effective, and very, very applicable to any kind of document. They are cement to the tiles; sunshine to the grass. Commas take the place of a break in structure to ensure that all parties feel connected with the thoughts on the page. If you consider all the content you've created, and you haven't taken a moment to recognize the mighty comma, think again!

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