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Most Common Comma Mistakes
I found that I, sometimes misuse, commas, myself. What about, you?
Rules about when to use and not to use commas are legion. But certain errors keep popping up.
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Yeah, but writing for broadcast journalism is different than writing for newspaper, and writing for newspaper and broadcast TV is different from writing a research paper. +Sarah Hill
When you write for broadcast you want to write sometimes with extra commas and hyphens to remind yourself where to pause etc...
 
i'm the king of comma abuse....run on sentences ROCK!!!
 
+Sarah Hill The comma is an issue, but nothing closer to the heart of Sarah than the ellipsis .. see my take on that http://goo.gl/8J3Ma Sep 2011 .. old g+ post .. and yes it's reinventing the period [.] ellipsis [...] with my version of just the two [..] ..
 
+Sarah Hill In this new age of digital in a global world .. punctuation is a continuous Spring Break .. lol
 
They seem so simple, but as I try to perfect the use of them in my writing, I'm growing convinced that their usage rules lie just outside the sphere of human comprehension.
 
I have to grade papers and edit writing regularly, and the term I am most fond of regarding the usage of commas is "Shotgun Commas". Although it isn't always the case, often when looking at a paper you can see a distinct spray pattern of commas.
Another great term for constant comma abusers is "CommaKaze".
 
I often amuse myself, when I think back to when I learned this fail-safe tip, being a college student, having learned this is the third grade, that to check your commas, you simply remove delimited sections and check for contiguity.
 
The article is basically saying that I shall use commas the Italian fashion. Quite odd; since my English teachers told me that the Italian punctuation was quite different from the English one... it seems not.
 
I like the Oxford comma rule. I ate eggs, orange juice, and toast. Picture: a plate of eggs, a glass of orange juice, and a plate of toast.

If you wrote, "I ate eggs, orange juice and toast," you could picture a plate of eggs, and a plate of toast with orange juice poured on top of it.

My favorite style manual is The Economist Manual of Style for its instruction, "that defines; which informs."
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