If you can make yourself proficient in the handling of punctuation, you will find it possible to say exactly what you want to say. This is because punctuation is the key to precision. But, in addition, you will also start to sense that everything you write carries real conviction and authority. Above all else, what you need to get hold of is how to handle commas correctly. Commas [,] are the equivalent of changing gear when driving; you come to a point where you need to slow down a little or turn a corner. The commas help you negotiate these changes, but also, and perhaps even more importantly, they enable you to take your reader along with you. Given the importance of commas, it might seem surprising that so many people only have a vague idea how to use them, and often misuse them. We suspect that the problem is that people think there are complicated rules about commas. But there aren’t. There are just six main ways in which commas are used. Master the six rules and you will be in control of everything you write.
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