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My name is Jason and I'm addicted to commas. I have the same malady with Oscar Wilde.
"I have spent most of the day putting in a comma and the rest of the day taking it out."
— Oscar Wilde
If you have the same ailment, you're not alone.
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And yet you wrote a whole post without a single one.
I think all of us struggle with commas. I've never edited anything that didn't have too many or too few commas, and I often have to check with another editor to help me
figure out commas!
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Commas aren't so hard; just earn the rules and practice them. If you choose to break the rules, know why. Make sure you don't over-do it unless for effect... and realize you are taking a chance!
When I write, the commas flow like a babbling brook. Every editing pass I take out more. Occasionally I add one. But take your tag line's advice anddon't sweat the small stuff.
It helps to have good editors to catch what you miss. 8^)
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