Your teachers point them out all the time, but what actually is a comma splice? Continue reading “The Comma Splice”
You’ve probably heard it many times:
“Place a comma wherever you naturally pause.”
While it’s true that commas are meant to help readers know where to pause, and that they often go where you would naturally pause, this rule can make for comma-happy writers. Continue reading “A Comma Rule To Forget”
Appositives are nouns or noun phrases that rename another noun, and they are usually surrounded by commas. They allow writers to color in the vague outlines of their subjects, giving them depth with shading and detail. Even if you’ve written them before, writing appositives regularly is a great way to train your mind to go deeper with descriptions.
“The dog, a husky Labrador, romped outside.”
“We gathered at Henry’s, an eclectic coffee shop where local bands played.”
“Wendy pulled up her hair, a tangled mess after her trek in the rain, and covered it with a hat.”
If you write anything (even if you think you don’t write, you do) or say anything, no matter the medium or situation, expressing your point and clearly communicating with your audience is important. Good grammar is an essential tool in doing so; grammar provides the rules that make what we say and write make sense. If you want to be a better reader, writer, speaker, listener, and communicator, here are the grammar blogs you should be following: Continue reading “Grammar blogs you should be following”
This post was originally published on April 27, 2013.