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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

So, apparently I over use commas.

Today I received back the case study I wrote last semester.

The professor marked 16 spots in the paper where I had incorrectly used a comma - usually I put one in where one wasn't supposed to be, although once I missed a comma where one should have been.  The professor wrote 5 comments about my comma use, in addition to the places where she just made a mark on the page.

I like commas.  Is that so wrong?  (Apparently, yes.  Though, I have never before had a professor mark each particular spot in a paper where I incorrectly used commas.)

5 Comments:

Blogger elementaryhistoryteacher said...

I overuse commas and I like to use dashes to connect ideas without any end punctuation. It's creative, but not always correct. I always have to proofread for the word "that". I tend to use it incorrectly as well. I use Southernspeak as well (ain't, ya'll, fixing to, etc.) I would imagine your professor is getting you ready for the teaching world where parents and administrators will expect your grammar to be absolutely perfect. A colleague of mine actually had a parent return a classroom newsletter with corrections in "red" on it. So much for lack of parent involvement.

6:44 PM  
Blogger NYC Educator said...

There's an interesting book called "Eats, Shoots, and Leaves" by an admitted grammar nazi that may interest you.

I have awful handwriting, and one of my professors used to correct misspellings he perceived on words that I had, in fact, spelled correctly.

Perhaps I should have been a doctor. For them, bad handwriting is seen as a virtue.

8:20 PM  
Blogger Not Quite Grown Up... said...

nyc educator - I just looked at that book on Amazon, trying to figure out what the title meant. Funny!

elementaryhistoryteacher - I agree that grammar is important (I hate incorrectly used apostrophes). I just found it amusing that she seemed to focus so heavily on my comma use, while not making a lot of comments on the actual content of the case study. Sometimes this professor's priorities are a little off.

1:36 PM  
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6:01 AM  
Blogger WestbyC said...

It's ok to use commas, if you are using them right. For example, you miss commas where one should be and use a comma where it shouldn't be in this blog post. You don't put a comma before a prepositional phrase such as "in addition." Also, if you are going break up a sentence with a dash, you should be using an em dash and not a regular dash.

Today(comma), I received back the case study I wrote last semester.

The professor marked 16 spots in the paper where I had incorrectly used a comma(em dash) — usually I put one in where one wasn't supposed to be, although once I missed a comma where one should have been. The professor wrote 5 comments about my comma use(no comma) in addition to the places where she just made a mark on the page.

I like commas. Is that so wrong? (Apparently, yes. Though, I have never before had a professor mark each particular spot in a paper where I incorrectly used commas.)

10:56 AM  

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