[Notes]Reading Notes of <The Elements of Style>(1)

The posistion of Comma

Rule 1. Form the possessive singular of noums with 's

     Charles's friend
     Burns's poems
     the witch's malice

Some exceptions:
     the heel of Achilles
     the laws of Moses
     the temple of Isis

Rule 2. In a series of threee or more terms with a single conjunction, use a comma after each term except the last. 

    read,white, and blue
    honest, energetic , but headstrong
    He opened the letter, read it and made a note of its contents

Rule 3. Enclose parenthetic expressions between commas

      The best way to see a conunty, unless you are pressed for time, is to travel on foot.
      The audience, which had at first been indifferent, became more and more interested.
    He saw us coming, and unaware that we had learned of his treachery, breeted us with a smile.
But restrictive relative clauses are not set off by commas
      The candidate who best meets these requirements will obtain the place.

(To be continue...)


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