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Proper usage of the comma continues to elude me. Advice on the internet is almost always never helpful, with every site reiterating the same information or offering some esoteric advice that is only applicable within the context of their own examples. Even as I write this passage now, I am completely unsure whether or not the commas I have used in it have been placed correctly. See! I did it again. I have absolutely no clue in this area. I just put them in whenever it "feels" correct, and while I am sure that I'm right some of the time, mostly my comma usage leaves me with a strong feeling of insecurity of my writing. I'm more or less set on most aspects of grammar, but the humble comma remains the final chasm that I simply have been unable to cross. I find commas confusing and the rules regarding their proper utilization almost subjective. I hate the comma.

I would be more than grateful for any advice any of you might have regarding this troublesome little punctuation mark.
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Hi,
Welcome to the forum.

Your commas in that passage are all fine.

My advice is just . . .. relax.

Clive
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Hi booogon, and welcome to English Forums.

It's no wonder you are confused - a lot of comma use is dictated by style, not grammar, and a lot of the style guides give conflicting advice.

What you wrote seemed perfect to me.

I wish I could find the post Clive wrote recently (or maybe it was Mr. P -- now I can't remember) about how the comma indicates where a reader would pause, it doesn't dictate where the reader should pause. In other words, it's descriptive, not prescriptive.
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Your paragraph looks fine to me. My advice, continue to add commas where you "feel" you need them. If it worked here, why should it not work anywhere else? In addition, no matter how "great" your grammar is, it will never be perfect. Fact for the world: nothing is perfect! If it "feels" right to you and you're not a novice in grammar, you're fine.
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booogonProper usage of the comma continues to elude me. Advice on the internet is almost always never helpful, with every site reiterating the same information or offering some esoteric advice that is only applicable within the context of their own examples. Even as I write this passage now, I am completely unsure whether or not the commas I have used in it have been placed correctly. See! I did it again. I have absolutely no clue in this area. I just put them in whenever it "feels" correct, and while I am sure that I'm right some of the time, mostly my comma usage leaves me with a strong feeling of insecurity of my writing. I'm more or less set on most aspects of grammar, but the humble comma remains the final chasm that I simply have been unable to cross. I find commas confusing and the rules regarding their proper utilization almost subjective. I hate the comma. I would be more than grateful for any advice any of you might have regarding this troublesome little punctuation mark.
I know, talking off the topic, but can we use "always never" ?
Welcome!

[quote user="mdev I know, talking off the topic, but can we use "always never" ?

No, you can't use "(almost) always never". It should be 'almost never'.

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