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Reading through people’s post, I can’t help but wonder. Why, why is it so hard to use a comma? They are always underused, overused, or just completely neglected. I mean seriously! Hey, Crer look! A comma!

So, let’s ask a ninja.

http://www.askaninja.com/node/3810

Okay, no, let’s be serious now. Why do you think it is so hard for people to completely learn how to use a comma? Most people, including myself, screw up with them occasionally. (Mind you, the Goddess of irony follows me around; therefore, I am bound to screw up in this very thread.)

Does it bother you when people screw up with commas? I kind of find it hard to read things that have no punctuation, but there is a new ‘genre’ of book coming out where they ignore it. The theory is that by ignoring commas, semicolons, and various other grammar tools the novels/porno mags/comic books/ mangas will simulate the sensation of listening to a conversation.

So what about me? Well, honestly, I’m bothered by the lack of commas. They are very useful and not only make sentences easier to understand, but also make sentences much more fun to read. Then again, people also say that about using real words, which is obviously incorrect because…I mean…Jabberwocky!
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Posted 8/1/07
commas! ROFL
oh, my, god.

at least there's a space,inbetween *wink*

Edit to below: MUCH bETTER!
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Posted 8/1/07
really, didnt know that!
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No use in commas doesn't bother me as long as they use periods. The other thing that bugs me is if they don't capatalize the I it bugs me to no end when I stare at an I for a minute because I can't figure out what letter it is.
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peop,le , screw, up with, commas because pe, ople , are ,idiots!,,
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SeraphAlford wrote:
Lots of commas separated by randomly dispersed letters.


Honestly, you don't feel like you've overused them in this post?

On a side note when I used to grade papers the best way to spot plagiarism was to look for correctly used semicolons.
Posted 8/1/07
I "LMFAO" when I had seen this...
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who care, we don't get graded.
Posted 8/1/07
u used a lotta commas.. o.o
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Heck, I like the little critters. ,,,,,,,,
Actually, commas should be omitted whenever possible. Adding commas where they are unnecessary is even worse than no commas at all typically. No comment on the rest.

Basics of comma usage:

1.A series of words or phrases has its parts separated by commas:—"Lying, trickery, chicanery, perjury, were natural to him." "The brave, daring, faithful soldier died facing the foe." If the series is in pairs, commas separate the pairs: "Rich and poor, learned and unlearned, black and white, Christian and Jew, Mohammedan and Buddhist must pass through the same gate."
2. A comma is used before a short quotation: "It was Patrick Henry who said, 'Give me liberty or give me death.'"
3. When the subject of the sentence is a clause or a long phrase, a comma is used after such subject: "That he has no reverence for the God I love, proves his insincerity." "Simulated piety, with a black coat and a sanctimonious look, does not proclaim a Christian."
4. An expression used parenthetically should be inclosed by commas: "The old man, as a general rule, takes a morning walk."
5. Words in apposition are set off by commas: "McKinley, the President, was assassinated."
6. Relative clauses, if not restrictive, require commas: "The book, which is the simplest, is often the most profound."
7. In continued sentences each should be followed by a comma: "Electricity lights our dwellings and streets, pulls cars, trains, drives the engines of our mills and factories."
8. When a verb is omitted a comma takes its place: "Lincoln was a great statesman; Grant, a great soldier."
9. The subject of address is followed by a comma: "John, you are a good man."
10. In numeration, commas are used to express periods of three figures: "Mountains 25,000 feet high; 1,000,000 dollars."


P.S. I think I'm going to start a thread on the semicolon. Not, I'm going to bed, later.
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I realized one day that I overused commas, and very much so. Since then, I've been trying to cut back. I just never understood commas honestly, my English teachers weren't very qualified ^^
Plus, its just a hassle to have to think about something so much in order to achieve perfection, so that you can satisfy people like you, no offense. It should be enough that someone bothered to acknowledge your post, (or comment back, I guess) but now your wanting us to use perfect grammar as well? =(

*wonders if she used commas correctly in above comment*
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I was satisfied with that post, but you were not perfect. -_- *Judges*
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coz sometimes we just don't no where 2 put the commas
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Posted 8/1/07

SeraphAlford wrote:

I was satisfied with that post, but you were not perfect. -_- *Judges*


Darn! Oh well, I tried.
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Posted 8/1/07
err maybe they dont know where the comma goes
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