Commas, semicolons, and colons.
The good news about these punctuation marks is that there is a clear set of rules telling you when to use them, where, and why.
The bad news is that knowing the rules alone aren’t enough to know how to apply them. We need to understand deeper issues of sentence structure to fully understand and use these rules.
In this video, I explain the more fundamental, core rules that you need to understand first before you can make full use of the comma, semicolon, and colon rules.
To understand sentence structure, you need to understand:
- Clauses & phrases
- Complete & incomplete sentences [fragments]
- Independent & dependent clauses
- Identifying subjects & verbs
I also discuss what doesn’t actually help