7 Comma Rules Every Writer Should Know
Commas are tiny yet potent details you must pay a laser-like attention to, so check out the seven comma rules every writer should know. Hopefully, re-learning how to correctly use commas will help you eliminate the chance of embarrassment from making these dangerous grammatical errors.
- You can only connect two complete sentences with a comma if there’s a coordinating conjunction (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so), which are also called FANBOYS, between them.
- Use a comma to link an incomplete sentence with a complete sentence.
- Use the Oxford comma.
- Use a comma between two coordinate adjectives that describe the same noun.
- Use a comma to highlight additional, non-essential information about a noun.
- Make sure you place commas correctly in quotes.
- Put a comma before “while” to contrast two things.
Curator’s Note: As someone who’s been called a “comma queen” and a “grammar nazi,” I LOVE this list. I want to print and hang it in my cubicle!