Marking Commas

by Heather

Proofreaders’ Marks

The latest in this series explaining proofreaders’ marks concerns that workhorse punctuation mark, the comma. As we all know commas go some places and not others, but—thank goodness—that’s an entry for another day.

Today’s entry is merely concerned with inserting a comma once you’ve decided you need one. We’re going to use that caret…

…again to make sure the comma goes exactly where it’s needed. Here’s what the caret and the comma look like once they’ve been mashed together:

And here’s an example of an inserted comma in action:

That red pencil still burning a hole in your pocket protector? You can find a full listing of all the Word Blog’s Proofreaders’ Marks entries here.

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Heather July 21, 2009 at 1:29 pm

Thanks, Ivy. I’m glad you like it! As you can probably guess, I really like proofreaders’ marks, too. It feels like a fun secret code, and I’m lucky enough to work for one of the few remaining publishers that still uses them routinely.

Ivy Wigmore July 21, 2009 at 8:26 am

I love this series! My first job out of high school was proofreading our local paper — I’m surprised by how nostalgic I can get over proofreading marks. :)

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