“I have spent most of the day putting in a comma and the rest of the day taking it out,” complained Oscar Wilde, author of The Importance of Being Earnest. I’ve often echoed Wilde’s protest as commas are one of the toughest punctuation marks to master. That’s why I’ve been doing a continuing series on comma rules so I don’t have to spend most of the day wondering where to put that little piece of punctuation. Today I’m tackling another tricky comma rule, so let’s get started!
Commas, Cities, States, and Countries
Aliens always seem to invade London, England, on Doctor Who.
When the name of the country is listed after the city, a comma is needed between them. A comma is also needed after the country’s name.
The Doctor visted Salt Lake City, Utah, with Rose Tyler.
Just like before with a country, a comma is needed between the city and the state as well as a comma after the state’s name.
Commas and Dates
September 22, 2890, is a very important date in the Shire as it is the birthday of Bilbo Baggins.
If the date includes the day along with the month and year, then a comma is needed between the day and the year. A comma is also needed after the year in a sentence.
The Ponds arrived in July 1969 with the Doctor.
Since there’s no day, no comma is needed between the month and the year or after the year.
Thanks for reading!