Comma Queen

A series devoted to language in all its facets, starring Mary Norris.

  • Space: The Final Frontier | Comma Queen
  • On Prepositions | Comma Queen
  • Comma Queen: MAD DASH, The Sequel
  • Comma Queen: The Semicolon; or, Mastering the Giant Comma
  • Comma Queen: Mad Dash

  • Comma Queen: If Less Is More, Sometimes Fewer Is Better
  • Comma Queen: An Episode of Diaeresis


    “Who” and “whom” are relative pronouns, and the trick for choosing the right one is to switch the clause around so that you can substitute a personal pronoun.



    Tired of being corrected for misusing “lay” for “lie” and “laid” for “lay”? It’s a matter of tense and the principal parts of two overlapping verbs.




    How do you know whether or not to set something off in commas in a sentence? Are the added words essential (restrictive) or not (nonrestrictive)?