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4 Most Violated Comma Rules in Legal Documents + Quiz

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  • bambakidis says:

    I am having trouble understanding the lack of comma in:

    ” I have no intentions of apologizing so don’t ask me to.” (I feel like rule 2 should apply with a comma.) Should I brush up on types of clauses or how do I get a grasp of this? thanks!

    • Linda Evenson says:

      Sent you an email. According to Morson’s, each independent clause needs to have five words or more to require a comma. This will be covered in Fundamental Punctuation and Word Use, Module 2 of the Scoping Fundamentals section.

  • bambakidis says:

    In the bonus section:

    “Use a comma before a noun of direct address at the beginning or ending of a sentence:
    Mr. Jeffers, would you please state your name for the record?”

    Is it me or does the example sentence not relate to the rule?

  • bambakidis says:

    “Rule 2: Use a comma before the conjunctions and, but, for, nor, yet, or, so when they separate two independent clauses of five words of more each”

    I spot a typo– “…clauses of five words of more”

  • bambakidis says:

    Question #7: Choose the sentence with proper comma placement.
    Your Answer:

    You didn’t know which doctor to go, or else you would have gone, right?
    {{shouldn’t there be a “to” after the “go”?}}
    Correct Answer:

    You didn’t know which doctor to go, or else you would have gone, right?

    Other Possible Answers:

    You didn’t know which doctor to go to or else you would have gone, right?

    • Linda Evenson says:

      “…to go to” is correct. Morson’s also says each independent clause should be five words or more in order to require a comma, so I have change this answer to no comma. Great job!

      • Zorana says:

        I went with a comma needed for that since both clauses would need to be more than five words, according to my understanding of that rule, of course. But then Morson’s also says, “Depending on the length of each word, this rule might still
        work for as many as six words per clause if there is no chance of misreading.” I guess “to go to” are super short, so I can see how no comma is all right. : ) Cheers!

        • lindae says:

          That’s one that might end up being a reporter preference. I see reporters put in commas before conjunctions in every sentence, no matter how long or short the clauses are. I usually take them out on really short clauses, and I don’t hear any complaints. I guess I’m at least getting away with it!

  • susanh_5@yahoo.com says:

    Commas have always been tricky, and while I hope that I have a pretty good feel for them, it’s apparent that I don’t know many of the official rules. I did, however, have a question about:

    “I went there, I spoke to him, and then I left.”

    Why is it not more correct to use a semi-colon after the first clause in order to avoid a comma splice? Does it have something to do with the list nature of the sentence?

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