Commas – A really simple guide

Posted on September 2, 2014 in Editing/Proofreading, Training

ARE YOU unsure of your commas?

Would you like a simple, plain-speaking and practical guide?

You are in the right place.

 

Many people argue with work colleagues about the correct position of commas, and whether or not there should be one at all.  People have different views.  In fact, research suggests that 30 per cent of comma usage is writer’s choice.*

So, your decisions may be neither right, nor wrong – just yours.

Oscar Wilde’s words will give you comfort: “This morning I took out a comma and this afternoon I put it back in again.”

 

Here’s my really simple guide to commas.

  • Only one page
  • No grammar terms, like non-defining relative clauses
  • Five, easy-to-remember situations
  • What could be plainer than that…

VIEW my easy guide for when to use commas  

(* Eats, Shoots and Leaves, by Lynne Truss.)