The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.
Which sentence has the correct comma use?
- Let's eat, Grandma.
- Lets eat Grandma.
1 is correct. It's a direct address. We're talking to Grandma. If you thought 2 was correct, Grandma is the main course at the dinner table!
- I had coffee, oatmeal and juice for breakfast.
- I had coffee, oatmeal, and juice for breakfast.
Both are correct and acceptable. 2 is an example of the Oxford comma. Sometimes an Oxford comma is necessary.
- We brought ham, cheese, tuna and peanut butter sandwiches to the picnic.
- We brought ham, cheese, tuna, and peanut butter sandwiches to the picnic.
2 is correct unless you want a sandwich with both tuna and peanut butter in it. I recommend always using the Oxford comma for clarity.
There are a lot more comma rules. Commas are trick devils and can easily change the meaning of a sentence if they are misplaced.
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