No, they don’t. Honestly, commas cannot count people or sheep or donuts or anything else. But commas count for plenty.
Let’s try this again.
Consider the implications of the missed comments in these statements.
- It’s time to come to the table and eat kids.
- Who invented the phone Bell?
- We’re gonna cook Uncle Pete. Fire up the barbecue.
- The applicant listed his top interests as sharpshooting dogs and fast cars.
- He’s a only a sophomore but gonna hit the field for the varsity opening game.
- The valedictorian opened his speech with appreciation. “I’d like to thank my parents, Principal George and God.”
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Overuse of commas can lead to confusion as well. We’ve probably all heard about the rare panda, who eats, shoots and leaves.
Or what about the sign on the tavern window that said, “No, children allowed after 9 p.m.” Will they card them at the door, or just let them in?
Gee, we’d certainly hate to do anything, stupid.
Let’s catch those commas!
Commas count, people!
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