A Comma After a Prepositional Phrase at the Beginning of a Sentence

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In the “olden” days, the rule was to put a comma after ANY element that came at the beginning of the sentence. Ah, the good old days! The rule today that many people get confused about is the rule about putting a comma after a prepositional phrase at the beginning of the sentence. It is often stated as something like …

Punctuation Creates a Run-On

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To say that the “attorney talks in run-on’s” is really not a correct statement. A run-on is created by bad punctuation. No one can “say” a run-on. Using no punctuation or a comma between two sentences that have no conjunction between them CREATES a run-on sentence. …He looked in my direction I tried to ignore him. 🙁 …I saw him …

That Sneaky Dependent Clause, Part 2

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I have been asked for a little more explanation on the last post. A dependent clause is dependent because it has a word out in the front of it that “introduces” it. …He left. (a sentence, an independent clause) …that he left (dependent clause) …when he left (dependent clause) …because he left (dependent clause) …if he left (dependent clause) When …

Be Wary of That Dependent Clause

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You all know this rule: Cardinal Rule No. 1: Put a comma before a coordinate conjunction when it is followed by an independent subject and verb. But be careful of the dependent clause that LOOKS LIKE an independent clause. …You have to be careful that you have checked out all the details and you know the pitfalls of the deal. …She …

More on the Word “So” — Even If We Don’t Even Want to Go There Again

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Facebook had a couple of interesting questions/examples on “so.” SO I thought it would be good to take a look at them. This is my answer to the questions about the word “so” in the FB sentence below. …If, after a question has been posed to you, you have any question relating to what is being inquired about, please tell …

Interesting Rule from the “Chicago Manual of Style”

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Another take on the word “so”: In 5.210 of CMOS, “Interjections and functional variations”: “… most parts of speech may be used as interjections. A word that is classified as some other part of speech but used with the force of an interjection is called an exclamatory noun, exclamatory adjective, and so forth.” And the word “so” is used as an …