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The Power of A Comma

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By Alexander Baron
Posted Jan 20, 2013 in Entertainment
On April 22, 1922, Jeanette Vreeland sang the first radio concert from a plane as it flew over New York City.
What does the above sentence suggest to you? That this was the first ever radio concert sung from a plane, or the first one from a plane that flew over New York? Try this one:
On April 22, 1922, Jeanette Vreeland sang the first radio concert from a plane, as it flew over New York City.
Clearer, isn't it? Commas are little things that cost nothing, which is why I use a lot of them, but like other punctuation marks they can alter the meaning of a paragraph or even of a sentence drastically. There are many examples of this, including the classic:
“Pardon impossible, to be sent to Siberia.”
Rendered: “Pardon, impossible to be sent to Siberia.”

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