A Grammar Lesson From a Second Grader

commas save livesI thought I’d post something a little fun for Friday. This was a conversation I had with my seven-year-old daughter last night.

“Mama, did you know commas save lives?”

“Really? How?” (I’m pretty sure I know where she’s going with this but I’m looking forward to hearing her explanation).

“Well, if you read, ‘Let’s eat, Grandma,’ but the comma is missing then you’d read it like ‘Let’s eat Grandma!’ See, commas save lives!” She giggles. I shake my head and smile. “Do you get it?”

“Yes, I do. Thank goodness for commas!”

“I know! What if, when I was feeding Sophie (our puppy), instead of saying, ‘Time to eat, Sophie,’ I said, ‘Time to eat Sophie!’ That just wouldn’t be right.”

So, if you’ve got some time to kill writers, check for those missing commas. Oops. Let’s try that again. If you’ve got some time to kill, writers, check for those missing commas. You could save a life.