“Sarah, you do a good job of getting your ideas on paper but you simply must learn proper use of commas.” Mrs. Abernathy said disappointedly.
Sarah rolled her eyes and sighed, “You’ve said that like a hundred times. I don’t see what the big deal is. A comma is just an extra smudge of ink. It’s stupid that we even have to use them.”
Unfazed Mrs. Abernathy left her seat and walked to the board. On the board she drew a picture of a building; a combination restaurant and gas station. Under the picture she wrote a sample sentence. Eat here and get gas. Then she wrote it again using a comma. Eat here, and get gas.
“Do you see the difference between those two sentences?”
Sarah rolled her eyes again “Yeah one uses a comma and the other doesn’t.”
Mrs. Abernathy turned to face the class.
“Can anyone else tell me what the differences between these two sentences?”
Josh Harrington pressed his hand to his lips and blew. The resulting noise sounded similar to a whoopee cushion.
“Josh! The sound effects are not necessary, none the less you are correct.”