Welcome to my first MicroBlog, where I’ll share a grammar nugget at lightening speed. I recently saw a humorous book about punctuation titled: ‘Have You Eaten Grandma?’ What a horrible question! But what if we add a comma? ‘Have you eaten, Grandma?’ As if by magic, the … [Read more...] about MicroBlog 1: Commas, Names, and not eating Grandma
Here’s a simple grammar principle that’s well worth remembering: Where there is ‘however’, there should always be a comma nearby. That comma can come in one of two places, and over the next few minutes, I’ll help you make that choice of locations as simple as possible. … [Read more...] about ‘However’ and commas
‘Place a comma before “which” but not before “that”.’ I’ve come across this simple guideline many times, and it’s certainly memorable, straightforward, and easy to apply. And it works most of the time. However, I often wonder if it’s too simple for its own good. It refers to one … [Read more...] about Can a single comma change the meaning of a whole sentence? A simple guide to placing commas before ‘which’ and ‘that’
In the following sentence, a vital comma is missing. Where do you think it should go… and why? If you come over on Friday evening we’ll have a roast dinner. That sentence is composed of two elements that we need to be aware of. … [Read more...] about A tiny comma edit guaranteed to make a massive improvement
I’ve got a book on my shelf printed by the Oxford University Press and another printed by the Cambridge University Press. The Oxford University book uses the Oxford comma. Not surprising. However, in the Cambridge University book, I noticed something that made me chuckle. There … [Read more...] about What’s an Oxford comma? How do I use it correctly? And do I need one at all?