The function of the comma is to organize your sentences and make things clear. For many sentences, particularly longer ones, if we did not use a comma we would have difficulty understanding the meaning that is being conveyed. Commas separate ideas and break up lists so that we can have several clear points within a single sentence. Although many of these sentences could be broken into two sentences, commas allow us to combine them into one and this helps with the flow of any piece of writing.

how to use the comma

Understanding how to use a comma is very important because depending on the sentence,

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I can’t do it.

I’m too old.

I don’t have enough time or money.

If it wasn’t for x, then I could…

One day I want to…

Recognize these phrases? They crop up in conversation every day. The excuses that we make to prevent ourselves from actually getting out there and living our lives. These are the justifications that we tell ourselves and others so that we feel okay about staying inside our comfort zone. Opportunities pass us by because we “cannot possibly go out there and do that.” There is simply too much going on,

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Have you heard of The Global Language Monitor and These two online resources both offer a variety of definitions and cross-references so that we can not only have easy access to a dictionary, but also so that we can keep up with pop culture and find out about the new words and terms being tossed around these days. For wordies (the literary equivalent to foodies?) everywhere, this is an exciting time indeed.

review of wordnik

The Global Language Monitor appears to be a cross between a news source and a dictionary.

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As books, newspapers, magazines, and diaries make the shift from paper to online documents, the informal atmosphere of the World Wide Web takes over. The efficacy of the Internet results in a quick turnaround: with the click of a button, what we have written is instantaneously available to the public eye. Millions can view our work within seconds of it being typed up, and the speed of this business—whether it’s journalism or personal writings—makes us sloppy. Herein lies the problem with online writing.

Writing online doesn't have to mean a steady stream of typos and grammatical errors! This article explores what we can do to combat the problem with online writing.

It’s easy to miss spelling mistakes or grammar errors when we are looking at a screen rather than a paper document.

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