Monday, June 1, 2015

Commas Save Lives

I’ve been reading lots of self-pubbed authors recently, and one of the biggest comma errors I’ve seen, even in those works that have an “editor,” is a missing comma when someone addresses another in dialogue.

For example:

RIGHT: “John, where are the apples?”

WRONG: “John where are the apples?”

A humorous example that recently has been circling the grammar and writing sites is

RIGHT: “Let’s eat, Grandma.”

WRONG: “Let’s eat Grandma.”

These sentences not only are funny, but they are also a good way to remind yourself to put in that pesky comma when you are writing dialogue. 

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