To Beat a Grammarian: Commas (Part One)

To Beat a Grammarian: Commas (Part One) I cannot vent my frustration enough with these kinds of people! You know them—grammar Nazis. They follow the rules rigidly, and should a rule change, they ignore it vehemently, basing their adamancy on it not coinciding with some near-religious text they once read. In other words, zealots! But … Continue reading To Beat a Grammarian: Commas (Part One)

To Beat a Grammarian: Commas (Adjective and Noun Clauses)

To Beat a Grammarian: Commas (Adjective and Noun Clauses) With the mention of the above two clauses, you would believe most people know when and where to put commas, but it can be deceptive. So let’s get started. 1) Adjective Clauses There are many ways to consider the comma in these situations, and for the … Continue reading To Beat a Grammarian: Commas (Adjective and Noun Clauses)

To Beat a Grammarian: Commas (Special Words)

To Beat a Grammarian: Commas (Special Words) Here is where everything gets tricky, and this is why I hate commas and the grammarians that flip their lids over it. With these words—either, too, though, and except—all rules are up in the air. Let me show you. I don’t want to go either.      /          I don’t … Continue reading To Beat a Grammarian: Commas (Special Words)

To Beat A Grammarian: Commas (Part Four: Back to Basics)

To Beat a Grammarian: Commas (Part Four) Reading books to my daughter, I’ve noticed one tricky thing about commas and printed books: their usage grows as the reader does. Does the publishing world do this on purpose, like training wheels on a bike, slowly graduating us to higher and higher levels of commas? Or, quite … Continue reading To Beat A Grammarian: Commas (Part Four: Back to Basics)

To Beat a Grammarian: Commas (Part Three: Myths)

To Beat a Grammarian: Commas (Part Three) Somewhere in elementary school, our brains get trained to believe commas go in certain spots or are used in certain situations. This is probably where so much of the difficulty arises. Even for well-read individuals, we take in the information passively and make wrong assumptions with no formal … Continue reading To Beat a Grammarian: Commas (Part Three: Myths)

To Beat a Grammarian: Commas (Part Two)

To Beat a Grammarian: Commas (Part Two) You can read Strunk & White and other books of the sort, but when it comes down to it, commas are frustrating. Every writer uses them differently. Some clutter it up; others go light and sparse with them—ask Hemingway. But certain usages are needed, not just for pauses, … Continue reading To Beat a Grammarian: Commas (Part Two)