rules for using commas


I am trying to learn how to use commas properly. I found this site: that has been helpful to certain extent. However, when I go and read some material I am unable to decipher all the commas based on the rulee mentioned in the above link.

I am wondering if someone can explain me the commas in this sentence based on proper grammar rules: 'Thus when the greatly powerful King Pṛthu, the son of Vena, saw the professionals before him, to congratulate them he smiled, and with the gravity of the vibrating sounds of clouds he spoke as follows'

asked Aug 07 '13 at 16:16 Srinivas New member

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I've heard some more critical writers suggest that commas can be almost eliminated in good writing. I like the challenge of reducing comma usage, but I also like the effectiveness of commas in conveying tone and meaning (as in this sentence).


The only change I'd make to your example sentence would be to omit the comma at "…smiled, and…" mainly because of the 'and'.

link comment answered Aug 07 '13 at 19:27 Greg deJong Contributor

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