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    The placement od commas.

    When I write, I place commas in the sentence as I talk. If one stops when speaking, they pause (therefore the comma). Is it correct to write like that. I have also noted that writers now use (brackets), why? pljamesone@att.net

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    Re: The placement od commas.

    Quote Originally Posted by pljames View Post
    When I write, I place commas in the sentence as I talk. If one stops when speaking, they pause (therefore the comma). Is it correct to write like that. I have also noted that writers now use (brackets), why?
    Sometimes the commas come in the same places as pauses but it's usually the other way round. When we speak naturally, we pause a lot, either to think or to reconsider what we're saying or because we have become distracted. If you wrote a transcript of how most people think and put a comma every time they pause, there would be a lot of commas. However, if you're writing a piece which is intended to be read aloud, then it is helpful to put commas where you want the speaker to pause.

    I'm not sure what you mean when you say that you have noticed writers using brackets. Writers have always used brackets when they're appropriate. Do you mean that you think people are using brackets instead of commas?

    Note to Admin - when I hit "Reply with Quote" the OP's email address came up again even though you had removed it from post #1. I deleted it from the quote in my reply but there's either a glitch in the system or a basic fault.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The placement od commas.

    I use brackets to make a point. I see other writers do it. pljames

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    Re: The placement od commas.

    Quote Originally Posted by pljames View Post
    I use brackets to make a point. I see other writers do it. pljames
    I don't think brackets should be used for emphasis or to make a point. Usually the information in brackets is either simply supplementary or not necessarily considered important enough to be part of the main sentence.

    My mum (Jane) owns a cat (Salt) and a dog (Pepper).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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