Comma Basics 2

Margie Wakeman Wells The Comma Leave a Comment

So comma rules fall into these two categories: Every time you use a comma, you are either separating two elements that should not bump up against each other, or you are using a pair of commas to surround an element. It is in this second category that we need to understand some terminology. We get into the habit of thinking …

Comma Basics 1

Margie Wakeman Wells The Comma Leave a Comment

No matter how many rules you know for commas, every one of those uses for the comma fits into one of two categories: 1. You are using a comma to separate two elements. You are using the comma to push two elements apart so that they do not pile up on each other. …on June 5, 2012… …in El Paso, …

More on the Word “So”

Margie Wakeman Wells The Comma, The Semicolon 4 Comments

There is a difference of opinion among the “authorities” — Gregg, Morson, CMOS, et cetera — regarding the nature of the word so. Some view it as a coordinate conjunction like and and or. Others view it in the category with therefore and however. The coordinate conjunctions — and, but, or, nor — do nothing in the language except connect …

Ugly but Correct

Margie Wakeman Wells The Comma, The Hyphen 2 Comments

Q     What is the VIN? A     J, as in “John”; -H, as in “Harry”; -4-D, as in “David”; -B, as in “boy”; -7-6-6-2-T, as in “Tom”; I believe it’s an -S, as in “Sam”; -0-0-3-4-9-0. Semicolons because of all the internal commas. Happy punctuating! Margie