Posted by: episystechpubs | February 25, 2014

Editor’s Corner: Dropping the comma like a hot potato

Oh my goodness. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I can take any more of these comma rules! Here are the last two I will share with you. If you forget any of these rules or want to read more guidelines on comma usage, check Purdue’s Quick Rules or Extended Rules for Using Commas. Now, I’m going to go up to the roof of the parking structure to celebrate the end of this lesson with a scream.

· Use a comma to shift between the main discourse and a quotation.


o John said without emotion, "I’ll see you tomorrow."

o "I was able," she answered, "to complete the assignment."

o In 1848, Marx wrote, "Workers of the world, unite!"

[KC] Note the punctuation at the end of the phrases above (period, exclamation point) goes inside the quotation mark. For more on that topic see previous posts on “punctuation in quotes,” or wait with bated breath for future editions of Editor’s Corner.

· Use commas wherever necessary to prevent possible confusion or misreading.


To George, Harrison had been a sort of idol.

Kara Church

Senior Technical Editor

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