Do you worry about commas? They’re not as tricky as you probably think. You can use commas confidently in almost any sentence by learning just three rules:
1. Use a comma when a sentence starts with an extra idea:
Wilson had been drinking before he left for work that morning. NO COMMA
Before he left for work that morning, Wilson had been drinking. COMMA
2. Use a comma when you join two sentences with and or but:
I saw blood on the sleeve of Cameron’s shirt and called an ambulance. ONE SENTENCE – NO COMMA
I saw blood on the sleeve of Cameron’s shirt, and I called an ambulance. TWO SENTENCES – COMMA REQUIRED
3. Use two commas when you drop your voice and raise it again in a sentence:
Burton Memorial Park, which used to attract prostitutes and drug pushers, is now a safe place for children to play.
You can learn more about these comma rules by clicking here.