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Simple Punctuation Question


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I think the original question stems from journalism. American journalists (and perhaps others) had a nasty little habit of dropping punctuation and even letters and whole words to save space in their column. Thus a 250 word column was pared down to a 220 words with the snips of a few letters and punctuation marks here or there.


I always use commas when listing things, emphasizing a change of thought, or for the extra pause that ones mind hops across when pondering why the writer used a comma there. Thus, you can more easily provide the proper emphasis on the proper word, or phrase, and get the jist of the thought.

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