karelia (karelia) wrote in beta101,

The No Comma Rule

When I beta for a writer who likes commas, my first advice is always, "If in doubt, leave the comma out." And I never cease to be amazed how their error count decreases rapidly when they apply that.

Another comma rampant in the fanfiction universe is the one before certain words.

RULE: Before when, where, until, unless, before, while, since -> NO COMMA

Tip: When you type/write a comma, stop and THINK. Why would the comma be needed here?

As an admin and/or beta, I strike out more commas than I add. Srsly.
Tags: adverbial clauses
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