Friday, October 19, 2012

The Elusive Comma (Part 6 of 7)

(This post comes from Susan Titus Osborn.)

Other Uses of the Comma

The comma denotes a slight pause. The effective use of the comma involves good judgment with ease of reading as the main goal.

A comma usually follows yes and no at the beginning of a sentence if you intend a slight pause. Likewise, a comma follows an exclamation oh or ah only if you intend a slight pause.

A comma follows names or words used in direct address as well as in informal correspondence.

* Friends, I'm here to tell you an important story.

* Dear Mary,

For clarity, separate two or more adjectives with commas if each modifies the noun alone.

* Kavic is a fantastic, faithful dog.

* It's going to be a long, hot summer.

Susan Titus Osborn is the director of the Christian Communicator Manuscript Critique Service. She has authored 30 books. You can reach her at,

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the post, Susan and Cec. Truth be known, I grieve for the comma. He's been tossed aside by much of the writing world, and for what? The time saving of one less keystroke in this fast-paced life? I don't know, but I sure do miss him.


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