Punctuation has changed so much through history that you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s not that important. Plus, there are so many rules and exceptions that it isn’t any wonder people just give up. The classic idea of ‘put a comma when you take a breath’ is widely taught but it just adds to the confusion rather than being of any real benefit.
Contrary to what you might think, a misplaced comma can cause some unexpected and often dramatic problems for writers. The following examples are sure to demonstrate just how important correct punctuation is and how beneficial an editor or proofreader can be. [Read more…]