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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Grammar in Action – Commas

Before you read this, I should warn you that I changed the names to Lion King characters in this example. My file wasn't really about Lion King characters. I just wanted to clear that up in case there was any confusion.

He was ranked number three by Rafiki, who was the organization's founder, and Zazu, who was the organization's first secretary general, preceded Mustafah, who was assassinated by Scar and the hyenas in the '90s.

I really did transcribe someone who talked like this. Every. Single. Sentence. It was a long file, but being that it was for one of my favorite clients, I pushed through, taking extra special care with my comma placement. The rules for this particular example can be found in Part 2 of Mandi's series on commas.