Are Writers Afraid of the Comma?

When I write, my work is peppered with commas.  These commas break up my sentences and thus make sense of the longer communications.  At school in the sixties, we knew how to use them.  Commas also allow me to breathe in at certain points, without spoiling the understanding of the whole sentence. They allow me to list items, each one being stated before moving onto the next one.

When I read, I see either a great shortage of commas, or commas that are just not in the right place.

I tell myself that language is a living thing, which changes and advances with time but I also recognise that British English and American English treat this important addition to writing in different ways.

The problem is that, when we see a mistake (or a difference) often enough, we start to believe that the different method is correct and begin copying it ourselves.  In this sentence, I have placed my commas in such a way that the words within the commas can be removed from the sentence and the sentence still makes sense:-

The problem is that ( ) we start to believe that the different method is correct and begin copying it ourselves.

I nightmare, don’t you think?

 

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Published in: on 22/02/2013 at 7:52 pm  Leave a Comment  

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