Common Comma Pitfalls

Everyone understands comma basics. Commas are separators, weaker than periods. And they work within a single sentence.

But while comma basics are easy, comma gray areas are not. Would you put a comma before the book title in "We read the book Oliver Twist"? How about between the adjectives in "He saw a big scary mountain lion"? Do you need another comma in "The applied to Widgets, Inc. last week"? (Spoiler alert: Answers are probably not, probably not, and yes.)

Here's a more thorough look at some common comma pitfalls.

 

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