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When I tell people that I devote an entire three-hour class to teaching the comma, they are often incredulous. The comma seems like such a simple little device. But of all the punctuation marks we use in English it can certainly be the most costly. And by “costly” I mean, quite literally, “costing money.”

As a University Professor, my students constantly ask: “Am I on the right track?” They want to know whether their essays make sense. Specifically, they want to know whether their essays will get a good grade upon evaluation.

Q: What do students want when they are faced with a writing assignment?

Your professor or teacher has set you a writing assignment. While you can definitely write it, the prospect of an essay, probably along with a list of other assignments and activities in your week, can be a little intimidating.
 

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