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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.

English is a difficult language to learn. The rules regarding the written word are vast. At times, the rules can be confusing. What value should be placed on punctuation? Should a person be judged by his or her ability (or lack thereof) to use commas correctly? Are there some professions where punctuation is more important? Would you hire someone who wasn’t a strong writer?

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

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