March 29, 2008
EL150: A comma, a small, crooked point.
"On the page, punctuation performs its grammatical function, but in the mind of the reader it does more than that. It tells the reader how to hum the tune." (Found on page 71)
Examples found on page 75.
"Comfort ye my people" (please go out and comfort my people)
"Comfort ye, my people" (just cheer up, you lot; it might never happen)
Like in my last post, I mention that commas and their proper usage make or break what you're trying to say. Those examples mean two totally different things, just because of where the comma is (or in the first one, isn't). Commas are super-duper important. Your whole point could be changed if you used them in a way you didn't mean to.