Zen Comma


Zen Comma gives you a reference guide for 17 types of comma uses, each with a description, full explanation, and correct and incorrect samples.

This is a must-have book if you want to write correctly and clearly.

84 pages
5.2″ x 8″

This listing is for the Print version only.
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Are you confused by commas? You are not alone! Commas confuse most people. Put commas in the right places, and your reader will understand you. Put them in the wrong places, and you can confuse the reader or, worse yet, communicate the wrong message.

Unlike other types of punctuation, commas are used in so many ways. The purpose of this book is to show you how to use them correctly.

Zen Comma provide 17(!!) ways to use commas, with simple and clear instructions. Each comma use is fully described so you will understand how to use the commas, where to put them, and why.

Zen Comma provides examples for each comma use, both correct and incorrect, and will show you exactly where to put the commas. Zen Comma also provides a short self-assessment with an explanation for the right answer, and a quick reference guide summarizing all comma uses.

Comma Uses in Zen Comma:

  • Commas in Series
  • Commas when Joining Sentences
  • Commas after Introductory Descriptions
  • Commas with Interjections
  • Commas with Appositives
  • Commas with Side Comments
  • Commas with Names
  • Commas with Therefore, Too, and Other Conjunctive Adverbs
  • Commas with Adjective Pairs
  • Commas with Which and Who
  • Commas with Final Descriptions
  • Commas with Parenthetical Expressions and Absolute Phrases
  • Commas with Dates, Addresses, Ages, and Titles
  • Commas with Quotations
  • Commas with Either…Or and Other Correlative Pairs
  • Commas between Subjects and Predicates
  • Commas between Compound Predicates


What’s this about “Zen” in the title? The purpose of Zen, if it can be said to have a purpose, is awakening. Similarly, commas awaken, or reveal, the meanings inside your sentences. They reveal what you are trying to say, and they are necessary to communicate that message to your readers. Also, each type of comma use is accompanied by a “Koan,” a short story about our hero, Bumbo, and his “comma master.” Each koan is meant to encourage reflection and deeper understanding of the comma use. (Don’t worry. I provided a full discussion of each koan, but if you skip them, you will still learn to use commas correctly.)

The bottom line: If you want to write clearly and professionally, you need to use commas correctly. Whether you read through Zen Comma or use it as a quick reference guide, you will find Zen Comma a great resource for correct, clear, and professional writing.


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