Comma’s Save Lives!

The correct use of commas seems to be disappearing. Yes, I know language is becoming more casual, but commas are probably one of the most important aspects in grammar. I found these great graphic examples on Pinterest demonstrating the importance of commas and how a sentences meaning can completely change without them. As you can see, commas can be the difference between life and death.

Number 1

Really, eating Grandpa is pretty savage. One small comma saves Grandpa from a gruesome demise.

Let’s eat Grandpa.

Let’s eat, Grandpa.

Number 2

I like cooking my family and my pets.

This sentence should read: I like cooking, my family, and my pets. I love the sense of humor in this example.

Lack of commas really does change the meaning of a sentence. 

One of my pet peeves is newspapers trying to save ink by no longer using commas in a series as in example #2. As writers we should fight this trend every step of the way. Commas save lives! 

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