Commas between subjects and verbs
Writers often unnecessarily place a comma between what is called the 'subject' of a sentence and the verb. In order to avoid this mistake, you must first understand what subjects and verbs are.
A verb is a word that expresses an action or a process being done by someone or something. For this reason, verbs are sometimes called 'doing words'. The verbs in the following passage are in bold.
The television viewerthe images on the screen. He or she the sounds, the accompanying image, parts of that reality as multiple, parallel, or sequential sub-realities and some kind of relationship between themselves and the events within those realities.
The subject of a sentence is the person or thing doing the action or process expressed in the verb. It is always a noun (a person, place, object /concept word) or a nominal group (a group of words that provide more information about the noun). The subjects of the sentences in the previous example have been highlighted for you below.
As you can see in the passage above, the subject always comes before the verb. This is also shown in the examples below:
Notice that in the following sentences, the writer has placed a comma
between the subject and the verb.
In fact, there should be no comma between these two elements. A comma indicates a break in the sentence and since the subject is linked to the verb (the subject carries out the action described by the verb) it is incorrect to have a break between these two elements.
The correct punctuation of these sentences is:
Commas should not be inserted between the subject of a sentence and the verb.
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