Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Part 1: Definitions
Part 2: IC/DC
Part 3: Prepositions
I can hear you. You're thinking that I can't possibly explain grammar in three short posts, one of which was just definitions.
You're right. There's one more caveat.
The Exception Rule: When you have dependent clauses or prepositional phrases in a row, the last one gets the comma unless it doesn't make sense in the sentence.
For example: I said before that you always follow a prepositional phrase with a comma. But what about this sentence?
After going to the bookstore in the city, I bought three books.
- After going = prepositional phrase
- to the bookstore = prepositional phrase
- in the city = prepositional phrase
The Second Exception Rule: There are always exceptions to the rules. But don't you dare break them without understanding the rules first.
Questions? I love 'em. Ask away.