the first key idea:
justify each comma
this site is based on this principle. The approach is
First, during the draft
your sentences aloud, or at least slowly enough so that an audience
understand you easily. As you read, place commas where you think they
- trust your instincts. Admit it - that's probably what you do now,
And don't think you'll avoid comma errors by avoiding using commas
For this exercise, go ahead and put the commas where you "hear" them.
The second part - and
this is the part we're here to learn - is that you go back while
proofreading and JUSTIFY every
single comma you used, according to rules you know (or are about to
If you know the
reasons to use commas and can't think of a reason a comma SHOULD be
there, then it's probably best to
leave it out.
site's official disclaimer!:
This approach will
not cover every single situation, but it should help you in most
work best of you have the printable
handout in front of you. If you have one, follow
along. If not, print it out (if possible) and come back here.