May 29, 2007

Using Commas

I post about several different things here: church planting, theology, church life, and writing.

Here is a little bit of grammar for you. Always use a comma before a conjunction in a list. For example: I like the colors red, blue, and green.

Some people might say you don't have to use a comma, but it is always better safe than sorry. Take this quote for example from the ContraCostaTimes: "The survey provided information about religion, school culture, curriculum, race relations, discipline, exposure to violence and homework." Most schoolchildren would say that exposure to violence and homework are the same thing. And all students are exposed to homework whether they like it or not. It would have been better to have the comma there in order to avoid the weird sentence construction.

Just another example of me on a soapbox!

10 comments:

  1. Eric. Thanks for posting this. Your post is helpful, insightful, interesting and needed....grins.

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  2. Eric , You really need to forget this tripe and check the comment on your open ended sentence article, then we'll talk about commas
    RAD

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  3. Sorry RAD,

    I saw the comment, but didn't quite understand what you meant and it didn't seem to have a question in it or anything that started a discussion. It seemed like a statement.

    What did you mean by it?

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  4. Any opened ended question could have the (christian) querried question of Why would Jesus do this or that or , would Jesus do it this way or that, or what would Jesus do in this situation or how would Jesus deal with this etc.,
    RAD

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  5. Oh, I see. Yes, asking someone what they think Jesus would do is a good way to get a discussion going.

    Do you think there might be instances where that question is too much? By that I mean, the person is not spiritually ready to answer questions that are so blatantly religious? They may need something a little less intimidating? What do you think?

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  6. I had a professor that always said "when it doubt, get rid of the comma." :)

    You've been tagged.

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  7. I would say that your professor is right in regards to use in a sentence, but not in a list. It can be done away with, but it causes so much confusion.

    Of course, my motto is "When in doubt add a comma." It usually makes is sound more like regular speech.

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  8. If one asked to solve a problem or answer a question by using the simple form of knowledge that Christ taught his disciples and has been infiltrating this into the populas for centuries, and doesn't know Jesus, then they are at loss of their own nature and need to grasp a relationship with the Lord and do what is right and get their "head out of the sand"!
    R A D

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