Comma Sense: Is There Anything Sexier Than a Well-placed Comma?

In these first ten days of June, dear readers, I offer you a series of common comma dilemmas. And since I’m just back from a fantastic voyage through Spain, I’ll augment each comma lesson with a sexy photo from the trip.

Do you feel confused or muddled when placing commas in your sentences? Do you scatter them willy-nilly and hope for the best? Do you place them where they “feel right” and wonder how close you are to correct? Follow along while I serve up Sexy Grammar examples to help you feel confident inserting and pulling out commas in your sentences.

Here’s an easy one to get us started: Addressees.

When a sentence is addressed to someone, set the addressee apart with commas.

Darling, would you please pass the condoms and lube?

Now you try. Copy these sentences into the comments box below and place the commas correctly. I’ll check back in to see how you did.

Thanks everyone for bringing so many hot toys.
Congratulations on coming out as kinky Kari.

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    • Mags
    • June 2nd, 2010

    Thanks everyone, for bringing so many hot toys.
    Congratulations on coming out as kinky, Kari.

    • Melanie
    • June 3rd, 2010

    Kristi, this is a great lesson. Thanks so much for including commas! I’m one who is guilty of scattering willy-nilly and hoping for the best.

  1. Thanks for your comments, Mel and Mags!

    Mags, you got both of these sentences right, except that we need one more comma to completely set the addressee apart from the rest of the sentence in the first one:

    Thanks, everyone, for bringing so many hot toys.

    And thanks, everyone, for playing along. Three comma lessons posted and seven more to go! Please keep coming back, and please post your answers to the practice sentences!

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