Mechanically Inclined: Building Grammar, Usage, and Style into Writer's Workshop

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SECTION 2
Pause and Effect:
Crafting Sentences with Commas

There is nothing much to punctuating a sentence, really, beyond
a little comma sense. Get the commas right, and the rest will fall
into place.

Patricia O'Conner, Woe Is I

There are hard-and-fast rules about commas, of course, but
within those rules there is plenty of room for nuance and inter-
pretation.

Bill Walsh, Lapsing into a Comma

The rule is: don't use commas like a stupid person. I mean it.
More than any other mark, the comma requires the writer to use
intelligent discretion and to be simply alert to potential ambi-
guity.

Lynne Truss, Eats, Shoots & Leaves

A misplaced comma can create more confusion than a conversa-
tion with a teenager.

Laurie E. Rozakis, The Complete Idiots Guide to Grammar and Style

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