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Oxford and its comma
CMOS Shop Talk, from The Chicago Manual of Style, presents the history of the Oxford comma.
commas  punctuation 
7 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Goodnight commas
The title of Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon is without a vocative comma. The text, too, is comma-free.
commas  punctuation 
7 weeks ago by M.Leddy
“Peace, prosperity[,] and”
The ‘Brexit’ 50p coin is missing an Oxford comma.
commas  punctuation 
9 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Vocative comma, no comma
E.g., “Hey, Good Lookin’” and “Hey Joe.”
commas  punctuation 
9 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Stan Carey on the vocative comma
Editor and “swivel-chair linguist” Stan Carey explains the uses of the vocative comma.
commas  punctuation 
10 weeks ago by M.Leddy
New Yorker commas
Turning the pages of a January New Yorker, I noticed this tag at the end of a story: “Translated, from the Japanese, by Philip Gabriel.” Only The New Yorker, said I, would use commas there.
commas  NewYorker  punctuation 
october 2019 by M.Leddy
Hello, Name, or Hello Name, for email correspondence? (Vocative comma) : grammar
Here’s your Reddit comment about whether to use a comma with “Hi Name” or “Hello Name” in emails.
email  hi  hello  commas  reddit  grammar  2019 
september 2019 by handcoding
FAQ Item
This is Chicago’s FAQ item about commas with “too.”
commas  too  cmos  2019 
september 2019 by handcoding
Commas to Introduce a Quotation — Chicago Manual of Style Q&A
On quotes an commas:
“The use of a comma to introduce a quotation is generally a matter of tradition rather than strict logic. That is, it is optional grammatically, but in most contexts readers expect it to follow said and various other dialogue tags. A comma indicates that the quoted material is seen as syntactically independent from the surrounding text. A quote that is seen more clearly as the direct object of a speaking verb, however, does not need a comma: He wrote “Yes” in large letters.”
quotes  commas  2019  chicago 
august 2019 by handcoding
Commas in Dates: How Do You Write a Date? - Elite Editing
This is actually a pretty handy primer on where to use commas with various forms of dates.
commas  dates  2019  language  punctuation 
august 2019 by handcoding
Comma separator for numbers in R? - Stack Overflow
> prettyNum(c(123,1234), big.mark=",")
[1] " 123" "1,234"

> prettyNum(c(123,1234), big.mark=",", preserve.width="none")
[1] "123" "1,234"

> format(c(123,1234), big.mark=",", trim=TRUE)


commas  numbers  prettyNum  format  r  scales 
august 2019 by bikesandbooks
Comma at the Beginning of Sentences | The Editor's Blog
“While commas follow most of these transitions, you can skip the commas with single-word adverbs of time.

“• Today he has plans to meet the detective. Tomorrow he’ll go after Junior.

“• Now you see it, now you don’t.

“• First you’ll need two hammers. Then you’ll need two aspirin.”
commas  then  chicago  editing  copyediting  2019 
june 2019 by handcoding
A Word, Please: Looking at a comma's role in a direct address - Los Angeles Times
via @MadamGrammar: “Why ‘Dear Jane’ doesn’t get a comma but ‘Hi, Bob’ does. The comma’s role in a direct address, by @JuneCasagrande”
via:MadamGrammar  junecassagrande  hi  commas  editing  dear  canonical  2015 
may 2019 by handcoding
Should You Put a Comma Before 'Too,' 'Either,' or 'Also'? | Grammar Underground with June Casagrande
“How do you know whether to use them? Well, many experts point out that the comma before a ‘too’ or ‘either’ can give it extra emphasis, setting it off from the pack and letting it stand alone. By skipping the comma, you deemphasize the ‘too’ by integrating it into the sentence.

“If you’re looking for a guideline, use the comma when you want the extra emphasis. Otherwise, skip it. Me, I find that old habits die hard. I’ll continue to use commas before ‘too,’ ‘also,’ and ‘either’ whenever possible.”
either  too  commas  grammar  language  2018 
november 2018 by handcoding
Is there a comma after BUT? | OUPblog
“It’s a small problem in the grand scheme of things, but I can’t help but wonder why writers adopt this punctuation. There is really only one comma rule that mentions conjunctions: a comma goes before a coordinating conjunction that separates two independent clauses.”
but  conjunctions  2018  commas 
november 2018 by handcoding
Commas before quotes | Sesquiotica
“Does quoted material always need a comma before it? Not necessarily. When the quoted material is within a narrative frame – even if it’s the only thing in the narrative frame – and we’re being taken to the scene, as it were, a comma is generally used.

“But when the quoted material is being treated as an instance of an utterance of that phrase, and the verb is the main thing rather than being an entrance point to dialogue (in other words, when the quoted material is truly the complement of the verb rather than an act of locution introduced), a comma is not called for.”
sesquiotic  say  said  commas  2010  canonical 
august 2018 by handcoding

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