Commas in English

Commas as Means of Readability

Commas help to keep the structure of the sentence clear so that the text is easy to read and understand. A text is well structured if the reader knows where to pause.

Beispiel: Above, the eagle flew gracefully through the air.

Note: Without the comma, the sentence might be confusing for the reader as the first three words can be seen as a unit (Above the eagle …). Of course, the sentence does not work this way, but the reader might have to read the sentence again to get the message. Using a comma after above, the author makes the sentence easier to read and understand.

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