Happy New Year! Term 2 will concentrate on punctuation for our weekly Literacy Focus. Mrs Morley has kindly begun 2017 with a bit of comma splicing.
How not to use commas:
Some people think you use commas to take a pause.
This is a myth. Full stops are used for pauses between two sentences. Like this:
Baby you’re a firework. Come and show ‘em what you’re worth.
Some people think you can turn two sentences into one using a comma, like this:
Baby you’re a firework, come and show ‘em what you’re worth.
This is a mistake.
How to correct a comma mistake:
Connectives can join sentences together:
Baby you’re a firework, so come and show ‘em what you’re worth.
Weaker versions of the full stop can join sentences together (semi-colons ; and colons : )
Baby you’re a firework; come and show ‘em what you’re worth.
Or you could shout…
Baby you’re a firework! Come and show ‘em what you’re worth.
How to use commas correctly:
In a list
You can use commas in lists, in speech, and in complex sentences.
‘ing’ starts, and in speech
Sighing, I reminded them, “you can’t use a comma to take a pause anywhere you want.”
In compound and complex sentences – look for the connective!
There aren’t many ways to use a comma correctly, so be careful.
If you aren’t sure, use a full stop.
If a full stop works, it’s right!