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    Question Comma Rules!!

    The comma rules are driving me crazy!
    I don't understand what is modifying and what is connecting!
    Help me figure out this one:

    "At the same time, the psychological burden of living with another's family is excruciatingly difficult , because, regardless of everything, these women are living in someone else's home: the wives hav e to keep silent at night, for example, or they may hesiate to go out with their friends or have visitors, or it is simply impossible to know if one can engage in such a simple task as use the kitchen."


    This is what I think about the comma usages above, please correct me if I'm wrong:

    ●"At the same time," - comma is used to indicate the prepositional phrase (At the same time) that modifies the whole clause, "the psychological burden of living with another's family is excruciatingly difficult" and act as a adverb.

    ●", because, regardless of everything," - I have no freakin clue how this is used... Is the comma used to connect or modifiying? what's its fuction?

    ●", for example, or " - Is the comma used to offset the "for example", the interrupter? or is it used as connector as in [comma + coordinating conjuction] rule?
    ●", or" - I know this comma is used to connect two complete sentences "they may hesiate to go out with their friends or have visitors" and "it is simply impossible to know if one can engage in such a simple task as use the kitchen" with the [comma + coordinating conjuction] rule
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    Re: Comma Rules!!

    I really cannot begin to answer your question because of the overwhelming use of different colours in each sentence. I'm sure that you know what colour each one represents, and you may think that they help, but they make your entire post unreadable for me.

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    Re: Comma Rules!!

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I really cannot begin to answer your question because of the overwhelming use of different colours in each sentence. I'm sure that you know what colour each one represents, and you may think that they help, but they make your entire post unreadable for me.
    colored words represents the things that i'm confused about and green sentences are FULL sentences....
    should I change them into black?

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    Re: Comma Rules!!

    In my opinion, make the whole post black and put the phrases and parts that you are confused about in quotation marks or italics. You could perhaps put the commas which confuse you in red, but that's about it.

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    Re: Comma Rules!!

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In my opinion, make the whole post black and put the phrases and parts that you are confused about in quotation marks or italics. You could perhaps put the commas which confuse you in red, but that's about it.
    sorry about that I changed them back :D

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