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Commas with Subordinate Clauses—A Reader’s Question

on July 30th, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A writer asks about comma use with dependent clauses. Includes details about comma use for subordinate clauses before, after, and in the middle of independent clauses.

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Keeping Adjectives in Line

on April 8th, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Adjectives can be paired or grouped to modify a single noun—learn the rules for using multiple adjectives, including the Royal Order of Adjectives. Explanation of coordinate and cumulative adjectives, and tips for using commas with adjectives as well.

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Treating Dependents and Subordinates Properly

on July 12th, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Help for setting up and using dependent (subordinate) clauses. Tips include when to use commas.

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Restrictive or Not—When Do Clauses Need Commas?

on September 17th, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Is it a comma before which or before who or before that? Are there really rules and do I have to follow them in my fiction? Tips for comma use with essential and non-essential phrases and clauses.

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No Comma Necessary—Coordinating Conjunctions Don’t Always Need Commas

on February 26th, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Even professional writers might need a review of comma use. See what the wrong use of commas can do to a reader who otherwise loves your story.

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Finding Commas in All the Wrong Places

on January 13th, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Punctuation rules are not always fun to study and learn. Yet a strong grasp of the rules can make you a stronger writer. Here are a few of the rules concerning commas, presented with a different slant—learn when not to use a comma.

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