Writing Tip Wednesday: Comma Rules

I’ve gotten questions about commas and hesitated to post a writing tip about it because, quite frankly, I can’t explain the rules. For two years, I’ve been telling coworkers to add and subtract commas from their documents, and when they ask why, I usually say, “Um, well, I can’t explain why, but that’s how it is. Trust me.”

I’ll be the first to admit that is not a good answer.

But then I came across an article that made it all seem so much easier. Rather than re-write it here, I thought I’d just send you over to prdaily.com so you can read it for yourself. So go read this article on comma rules. Yes, right now. I’ll wait.

Helpful, wasn’t it?

If you take nothing else away from this post about commas, remember that commas should make it easier for your reader understand what you’ve written, not harder. (Oh, and you can’t just throw in a comma wherever you would stop to take a breath. I don’t know why so many English teachers taught that rule, but I wish they hadn’t.)

If you’re still reading and can appreciate comma humor, here ya go: