I currently visit a course about advanced writing skills. From the very beginning of the course I knew that nearly all of my mistakes are due to punctuation. Don’t get me wrong; I am able to set most punctuation marks. But, well, I am lost with commas. Where do they go? Where not? WHY? In German it is quite easy – in doubt just set them. It seems the comma is my natural enemy in essays and term papers.
Anyway, this isn’t what I wanted to write about today. It is about my printer. Being a student I can hardly afford expensive ink so I refill my cartirdges myself. Naturally, this works only a certain amount of times. By now my printer has trouble with the lower half of every second row, as you can see above. Well, I didn’t care too much about it and I didn’t want to go to the library and pay for good print outs. I thought „fair enough“.
I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Do you see any commas on the picture? No. (Admittedly, in this case I was to dumb to set them.) Even if I had set them in the right places my docent would’ve never known the existed. So, sometimes it is worth it spending a little money on your equipment.
It is time now for me to overcome my commaphobia – sad truth is I actually know where to put them, but somehow I ommit them anyway. And after that I will either get a new cartiridge or I will print the important stuff in the university’s library. I learned my lesson.