Normally, the first Wednesday of the month is reserved for the IWSG post, but today it will share space with the A to Z Grammar Rules. :) Seriously, what insecure writer amongst us could not use a little grammar pep talk? Well, today is more of a lecture. So if you're feeling tender hearted, maybe skip my post today. Happy April, everyone. :)
(Originally posted in 2011)
Here's my tiny pet peeve (when not used):
"Place a comma before a conjunction introducing an independent clause" (THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE, page 5).
For example: "The early records of the city have disappeared, and the story of its first years can no longer be reconstructed. The situation is perilous, but there is still one chance of escape" (THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE, page 5).
More explanation: "Two-part sentences of which the second member is introduced by as (in the sense of "because"), for, or, nor or while (in the sense of "and at the same time") likewise require a comma before the conjunction" (THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE, page 5).
Tell the truth. What's your grammar pet peave?
Or are you just an all around happy person, and nothing ever bothers you?