Commas15 Dec 2016
Commas have become a hindrance when I writing. I am unsure how to use commas correctly, and I often find myself agonizing, mid-sentence, about whether to insert a comma. Let’s resolve this problem with the help of William Strunk Jr. and “The Elements of Style”.
In a series of three or more terms with a single conjunction, use a comma after each term except the last.
Enclose parenthetic expressions between commas.
Restrictive clauses are not parenthetic, and are not set off by commas.
Place a comma before a conjunction introducing an independent clause.
Do not join independent clauses with a comma. The proper mark of punctuation is a semicolon.
Do not break sentences in two. In other words, do not use periods for commas.