Friday, April 8, 2016

Comma Placement With And or But

I was all set to write a post about commas and the words "And" and "But" when I decided to ask a few editors I know their take on it, one of them answered differently than the other two. My question: When starting a sentence with And or But, do you place a comma directly after.


Now I know when writing a sentence and "But" is in the middle, you place a comma before "But". However, I was taught when starting a sentence with one of these you normally do not need a comma. 


When I am critiquing I try to give the correct marks and since this comes up a lot, it has now been questioned. I want to make sure I am doing right by the manuscripts I am critiquing. 




Since I've found that the creative writing skills are much more lax here in the states, and I am one of those writers who likes my work clean, tight, and a comfortable read, I tend to be a stickler for the rules. Sometimes I do use commas that, even though are correct placement, can be overboard for the lax rules of today. Because of this, I decided to look it up in Google. I am going to post the link where I found my answer and let you decide what you think. Starting a sentence with And or But


For me, I will do it as I've been taught by my editors. And they were the two who said you do not use a comma when starting a sentence with "And" or "But". Plus, I'm sure one of my Beta-readers will agree - the less commas for me the better. <grin>


Which way were you taught? Do you implement your punctuation based on what you've been taught in school, even if your editor corrects it, or do you change your ways.


So, I'll leave it up to you - yes on the comma - or no. I will still mark those either way.

Have a great weekend all! If you get a minute leave me a comment. I would love to hear what you think about this dilemma. 

Love, Lisa

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