Exploring Writing Myths – Session 2

Myth 2: You must not put a comma before ‘and’

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Many folk insist that putting a comma before ‘and’ is bad. Ignore them. (Just as Nesfield did, in the first line of the earlier example) Though a comma is usually unnecessary in this position, it may help the reader to see how the sentence s constructed, or put a pause exactly where you want it. A few examples:

It was bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. (First line of Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-four)

Parents shop around. They send for clutch of prospectuses, see what’s available in both the public and private sectors, and are prepared to switch their children between the two at different stages in their education. (The Times, 1994)

And here is Beatrix Potter, setting an example to children in The Tale of Peter Rabbit:

He found a door in a wall; but it was locked, and there was no room for a fat little rabbit to squeeze underneath.

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Dr. Ashok S. Bhairi is a Bio-Socio-Cultural Anthropologist & Life Management Research Scientist by profession; He is a Founder Chairman of Yashaswiniam Research Wing of Life Management. His research mission is to encourage and facilitate the cross-cultural study of human culture, society and behaviour in the fields of Anthropological Science, Sports, Spirituality, & Social Issues. He was felicitated with “Young Scientist Doctorate Award” by Yale University, United States of America for the combination of seven different researches as a passionate student of science under the title ‘Yashaswiniam’ which heralds of : The Endocrine Study of Cricket & Football Players (Endocrinology); The Birds of East (Ornithology); Attraction, Love & Sexual Relationships of Human (Sexology); What is Beauty? A Psychological Analysis (Psychology); Economic Organization of Pawra Tribe in Rajbardi Village (Anthropology); Tribal Situations in Maharashtra, India (Anthropology); Migration& Adaptation: A Study of Padmashalis in Bhiwandi, Thane (Anthropology). Migration & Adaptation: A Study of Padmashalis in Bhiwandi, Thane’, has been further selected by ‘Cambridge Scholars Publishing, United Kingdom’ for its publication in World Anthropological Research Journal. Dr. Ashok S. Bhairi is a disciple of the reputed international corporate guru and spiritual master from India – Swami Sukhabodhananda, under whose guidance he is working upon the research project “Ontology of Spirituality for Life Management using Anthropological Approach”. Dr. Ashok S. Bhairi orators spiritual discourses on Personal Excellence through Bhagavad Gita, Navarathri Upasana, Shiva Sutras, Venkateshwara Upasana, Importance of Hindu Rituals, etc. through the wisdom of Swami Sukhabodhananda. He also teaches high school & junior college students in ‘Positive Thinking Program’ & ‘Ashberry’s EYE (Enrich Your English) Program’, Ashberry’s LIFE (Lovely India Flames Excellence) Program. He has been giving sports commentaries at the state level in Maharashtra & in other states of the country, where he counsels and has activities together with players who suffer from schizophrenia, depression, stress, phobia before and during their scheduled matches.

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