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Comma story - Terisa Folaron

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It isn't easy holding complex sentences together (just ask a conjunction or a subordinate), but the clever little comma can help lighten the load. But how to tell when help is really needed? Terisa Folaron offers some tricks of the comma trade.

Language has a history of evolving. From cuneiforms to word processors, many people now regularly communicate with one another using text messages. How important is punctuation in a text message? What makes texting similar or different from other means of communication? Are there specific situations where you might (or might not) use punctuation when texting?

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  • Animator Brett Underhill
  • Educator Terisa Folaron
  • Narrator Julianna Zarzycki

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