10 Completely Wrong Ways to Use Commas


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In the classic movie "The Wizard of Oz", Dorothy is played by Judy Garland.

Wrong: In the classic movie "The Wizard of Oz", Dorothy is played by Judy Garland.

Why: The comma is outside the end quotation marks.

Right: In the classic movie "The Wizard of Oz," Dorothy is played by Judy Garland.

Why: When a quote requires a comma to set it apart, in this case because it ends a prepositional phrase, that comma always goes to the left of the end quotes. Always. It may seem strange, since the comma isn't technically part of the quote, but it's the rule. Plus, it looks so much tidier.

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