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When should you use commas?
The comma is probably the hardest punctuation mark to master. It doesn't help that commas are amazingly important. One company, the Dairy Farmers of America, was forced to pay out five million of dollars because of a missing comma in a legal document!1
Comma rule examples.
Even though the misuse of commas can be extremely serious, on other occasions, the results of a missing (or extra) comma can be quite funny. Can you spot the problems with these humourous examples?
~ Quiet birds have ears. In other words: "Quiet birds have ears," Here, the speaker is saying that birds of a type which don't make noise have ears. ~Quiet, birds have ears. In other words: "Quiet! Birds have ears." Here, the speaker is commanding us to be quiet, because birds have ears. This implies that we are somewhere where we do not wish to disturb some birds.
~ No, smoking in this area. In other words: "No (it' okay), smoke in this area." ~ No smoking in this area. In other words: "Do NOT smoke in this area."
Wow. What a difference a single comma makes!
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