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Today we're going to look at this anonymously asked question, "Do appositives always need punctuation?" with the help of our friends from Ghostbusters.

Do appositives always need punctuation? )
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Source: Bizarro

My first thought on reading this is that the "real" should actually be "really", but that's probably just me being pendantic.

But this comic brings home the point of proper comma usage, too. If I was that bully, I'd probably punch the well-digger in the nose for calling me "Stupid."

So how would you rewrite this comic to be more grammatically correct?
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This question came to us with a specific example, wondering about the correct punctuation in this sentence: The eleven-inch wand, the one made of ash[,] shot out a stream of sparks.

Let's start by identifying "the one made of ash" as an appositive phrase. Our Grammar 101: Prepositions & Phrases article defines an appositive as "a noun or pronoun, often with modifiers, that renames or identifies another noun or pronoun within a sentence."

Punctuating Appositives with help from Harry Potter and Buffy the Vampire Slayer )
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Click to embiggen

Here at [ profile] fandom_grammar, we've covered commas several times in the past, so I won't necessarily rehash that information here.

Anyone that knows me knows that I'm a stickler for the Oxford comma. But when I first saw this graphic, I nearly died from laughing so hard. I could picture the pauses with each comma. Of course, it didn't help -- or is that hurt? -- that I could also hear Walken's and Shatner's voices in my head as I was reading their panels.

I suppose this graphic, while hilarious, just illustrates the point of choosing your comma style and being consistent in its usage.
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Grammar is essential for clear communication. But did you know that grammar can also help you with tricky social situations? Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal shows you how!

I really should use this trick more often.
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This week, Facebook serves up some punctuational goodness, care of George Takei's feed:

I've done far worse than kill you. I've split infinitives. )
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Originally found via

Punctuation is so very vital, and this sign definitely shows just how important.

Unless you're some kind of cannibalistic serial killer with a large family and many pets, of course, in which case this is perfectly fine for you.

If you'd like a refresher on comma usage, check out all of the previous entries over here.
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We've all heard those jokes, where someone (or something) walks into a bar, right? Rejoice, grammar mavens! Now we have some jokes of our own!

For some quick refreshers on the errors in the comic above (and maybe how to fix them), take a journey down memory lane with these links:
ariestess: (grammar -- from cmzero)
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So this week, your Friday Funny deals with one of my personal pet peeve topics: the Oxford Comma.


shortee over at tumblr originally posted this graphic and I fell in love with it.

For the record, not all grammar comics are right, and this happens to be one of them. For it to mean the orange juice is on the toast, there should be an "and" in between eggs and toast. Both sentences read very similarly, and the intent appears obvious even without the commas.

In the end, I don't know about you, but the idea of orange juice on my toast is gross. YMMV, of course.
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We've covered our friend the Oxford comma more than once: in 2008 with A Very Special Comma and as a Blast from the Past earlier this year.

But if those articles weren't enough to convince you, there's this cartoon from Tumblr user Lush-mana.

It's probably safe for work, but we'll tuck it under the cut just in case. )
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It is with great pleasure that I answer the 200th question at [ profile] fandom_grammar! 200 questions is a lot of grammar and we’re looking forward to answering 200 more.

How do you indicate pauses or hesitation in narration and dialogue? (ex. hesitant speech, for emphasis, pauses for breath)
with examples from Stargate: SG-1, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Doctor Who. )
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Welcome to this week's installment of Blast from the Past! Today we'll be revisiting "a very special comma," also known as the Oxford comma, the Harvard comma, and the serial or series comma. (Can you spot the very special comma in the previous sentence?)

The serial comma is the comma placed before the "and" or "or" in a series (that is, a list) of three or more items:

Nothing could be better, Dean thought, than a bottle of whiskey, a juicy bacon cheeseburger, and a double feature of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

Some style guides, however, leave out the serial comma. For a rundown of reasons why you might choose to either use or omit the serial comma, see the original article, "A Very Special Comma," by [ profile] theemdash.

And for even more info on the serial comma, you can visit Grammar Girl.
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[ profile] campylobacter asked:

Can one interrupt dialogue with first person narration? (with examples from Firefly, Stargate SG-1, and The X-Files)

The short answer is yes.

The long answer is under the cut. )
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In the previous punctuation post, [ profile] skroberts discussed terminal punctuation—punctuation that ends sentences—and punctuation that is used to hang related thoughts together. In this post I'll be discussing punctuation that is used to give additional information, as in a parenthetical, punctuation that is used to pause or omit, and the almighty comma.

Onward to Commas, Em Dashes, Ellipses, Parentheses, and Square Brackets )
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I'm doing a pinch hit this week. The writer for the planned feature has come down with a case of the Real Life, so I'm cobbling this together at the last minute. Thankfully, I'm well-versed in the topic at hand. Are you?

[Poll #1200676]

A Special Comma with examples from Stargate: SG-1 )
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[ profile] sutlers wanted to know:

In dialogue, is it "Shit," he said, and ran. or "Shit," he said and ran.? (with examples from Heroes and Supernatural)

This question is actually about comma usage in general, not just dialogue specifically.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the cut... )


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