Category Archives: Punctuation – Commas

The multimillion-dollar comma

Whoever thought punctuation wasn’t important? One little, seemingly insignificant comma cost a Canadian company more than $2 million.  Consider the next two sentences and consider what the difference in meaning is. The question is:  how long does the agreement have to last until it is terminated? [The agreement] shall continue in force for a period

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Commas: used with interchangeable expressions (expressions in apposition)

Apposition: unless you’re a grammar trivia fiend, you’ve probably never heard of this word, and think it is a typo for opposition. But apposition is a real word and, apart from being a useful word to know for crosswords and Scrabble, it describes a particular way that words can be arranged in part of a

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