I’ve looked and I’ve looked and I’ve searched and I’ve searched but from what I can tell there is no book out there for how to use just commas correctly. Well, you might think, that’s because the comma is just one of the many things that a writer must concern him or herself with on a daily basis.
To this I would say, “Well, there should still be a book just about commas!”
Why? Because commas are crucial and they get misused constantly; it goes both ways: not enough commas is a running never-ending disaster of sentence that never, ever stops or even acknowledges the reader’s existence and the other, too many, just makes you want to kick a cat (and for the record I have never even come close to kicking a cat, that’s how much it annoys me when someone takes grammar into their own hands in thus vigilante way).
I need air.
Now I’m back.
Honestly, I wish I had a whole book to go into the details, but here is my lighting speed guide to commas for dummies, as there’s not many words left to go:
1) Read your words aloud. Doesn’t matter what words – saucony running shoes , “I went to the park for a jog” or whatever – reading helps to define where commas go. When you take a pause and look at your friend before carrying on, that’s where you stick a comma. OK? Glad we got that sorted. Now please don’t offend me again!