Re: RE: Comma, or no comma? “He walked across it, feeling invincible.”

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Mikala Engel
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jomccoy – 2007-01-07 4:51 PMThere are other sentences like these that I cannot locate any good, straightforward rules for. Another example: “Will you shut up?” she said looking at her hair.Another example: They cruised around town and through the park that ran along the river looking for girls their age. (comma after “looking”?)I keep hesitating each time I have one of these sentences with a word that ends in “ing” and don’t know if the comma would go before that word. I just feel like I have commas everywhere.Any rules or help out there?(I also still have a post a few down that hasn’t been answered….about punctuating a character’s thought.)

Comma before looking in both cases.    “She said, looking at her hair.” Two different things.  They were cruising aorund.  Why, because they were “looking for girls their own age.”  Two different things.

Words ending in “ing” really have nothing to do with comma use, though an “ing” word often indicates a clause of one type or another, and most comma usage deals with clauses.  Most other comma use deals with lists.

Try Strunk & White’s “The Elements of Style.”  It contains all the essential rules of comma use, and does so simply.  But if you don’t know what a clause is, comma use is not going to be easy.