Common Comma Problems

March 26, 2018

We all have those things we hate doing: snaking the bath tub drain, adulting, dealing with commas.

 

I deal with them so much while freelance editing that I have a macro for a comment box with “Comma” all ready to go. True Story.

 

 

 

Here are the four most common places I’m marking “Comma” in Dev/Copy Edits:

 

(all examples below hail from my #WIP Rallied, lucky you!)

 

 

1.  After an Introductory Clause

 

 

To start at the beginning, we need a comma after those first opening words: