I have had it in my head to get a better feel for grammar-related rules for some time. I’ve always been one to try to share my knowledge with those less knowledgeable about such subjects. I intend on revealing how simple the rules are in comparison to how hard they have seemed.
This series of blog posts will be aimed at helping you understand when (and when not) to use commas. I don’t claim to be perfect. Also, I don’t think you can have better than a 99% chance to get a comma correct. It is like some kind of lame Dungeons and Dragons rule: there is always a chance for failure. First off, if you remember being told to place commas wherever you take a breath, forget it. Though it isn’t a horrible guideline, it leads to the placement of additional commas.
Here is a list (links coming) to each of the tips on commas I will share. There are only 6 groups of commas, and the first 4 will cover 90% of the commas you will ever encounter. They probably also account for most of the missed commas.
They are also the most easily understood commas.