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Having trouble with my commas

Paul R - July 29, 2015 writes:

Hi guys, I was wondering if somebody could help me please. I have been studying punctuation and grammar now for the past few weeks, and thought it time to practice proofreading on something I have written myself. However, on the first paragraph, I'm already having trouble. In my opening paragraph, I have written: 'I became a little anxious, flying into an unknown land.' Flying into an unknown land isn't a complete sentence because there is no subject, but it is still part of the main idea, so is a comma the correct punctuation? My module notes say it should be a colon, but I don't like the look of them in my book. Or looking at the sentence again, is 'land' the subject? Any clarity on this would be very useful. Much appreciated. Paul R.
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Jason D - September 3, 2015 replied:

Well, you could use a comma, as 'flying into an unknown land', is the subordinate clause, adding extra information...or you could use a colon- to add emphasis.

Jason D - September 3, 2015 replied:

I think! 😃

Paul R - September 14, 2015 replied:

Thanks for your reply :)

Mike N - November 10, 2018 replied:

I'm doing the proofreading course and believe me, the use of commas does not get easier. I was on here looking for help with the first test of the PR course - I bombed at using commas - I've had two books published and yet I cannot pass tests using commas!!! There is a common thought out there that modern writing requires less commas, so that the words flow much easier? This course does not seem to allow that, but I wonder if publishing houses would? Any thoughts? Mike Nelson...
 
 

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