#FixItFriday : Commas


Oh comma, to use or not to use, that is the question.

Do not use a comma to join two complete sentences. A simple sentence has a subject, a verb, and an object. 

e.g., It was a perfect day, I went to the spa.

The problem:  It (subject) was (verb) a perfect day (object), I (subject) went (verb) to the spa (object).

The fix:  It was a perfect day. I went to the spa.

The exception: when two related sentences are joined by a conjunction, i.e., and, but, so, then, etc.

e.g., It was a perfect day so I went to the spa.

That works for simple sentence structures. However, when you dare to compose more complex sentences, commas prevent run on sentences and improve the message in the sentence by separating the phrases.

Wrong:  This is the first Friday I did not have to work so I am going to the spa because I love good massages and I always feel relaxed afterwards.

Right: This is the first Friday I did not have to work, so I am going to the spa because I love good massages, and I always feel relaxed afterwards.

 

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