In writing, which is worse: too many commas or not enough commas?
Ugh. Can I answer both?
Reading text with too many commas annoys me more, but text with too few is more likely to cause confusion.
You can, never, have, too many, commas.
Too many is better than not enough for sure
Inappropriately, used, commas, where, not, needed.
Commas indicate a pause in thought in a full sentence. Failure to use them as needed can sometimes cause a misunderstanding in what is communicated.
Not enough but run on sentences drive me more crazy
Commas don't drive me crazy! Its when an exclamation point is put in when not needed!! Pass me the pillow! Put the kids to sleep! In going to bed?
Shut up already!
ROTFLMAO!!! I have a friend that doesn't write. She passes edicts!!!
I hate worrying over commas. I use them when I know for sure I need one the other day I didn't add one then I did yes I forget sometimes.
Commas could save your grandmother from being eaten ... "Would you like to eat, Grandmother?" vs "Would you like to eat Grandmother?"
I love those examples, I couldn't resist. Does anyone have more?
had a coworker who forgot commas all the time a my last job. one time I texted him and asked him how his weekend was.. he text back "wakeup eat poop work home sleep wake up eat poop go to work." could have used some commas in there.. haha
Oh my. That is such a great example of how failure to use commas can communicate something other than what one was aiming for!
"I helped my uncle, Jack, off a horse" vs. "I help my uncle jack off a horse."
"I'd like to thank my parents, Bill Clinton, and Oprah Winfrey" vs. "I'd like to thank my parents, Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey."
I abuse the poor, common comma. I make it work entirely too hard.
Can you, even, have too many, commas, really?
Yes! I voice ads for a real estate company. When you're reading from a script, commas tell you where to pause and inflect. When there are too many, my ability to read is completely shot because the pauses make no sense.
Ugh. Free the comma from its conscription!! Too many commas in the average writing these days. I edit clinical reports on a weekly basis and sometimes just go numb because I can't stand the number of edits that are needed.