Discussion in 'English Only' started by Yogafrau, Feb 24, 2007.
Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Barb.
Do I use a comma or not?
I think no comma is needed here.
Take your pick.
I would add the comma, but there are plenty of folk who would say it is unnecessary.
For me, there is a natural pause after "time", thus, a comma.
Thank you. I, too, always thought there should be a comma, but saw it without somewhere and got confused. Thanks.
In a sentence some comma(s) are removable without change of the meaning, and in such cases, people tend to remove comma(s) to make the sentence not to look too "loose".
There certainly is a tendency in "modern" prose to use fewer commas. I think it is particularly noticeable in US journalistic writing.
I would say not - speaking as one who regularly reads aloud stories beginning with "Once upon a time ..."
I don't see any grammatical reason for a comma, and I don't pause at that point.
You may find THIS LINK about using commas useful.
There is other punctuation guidance on the same site - click on Up.
Separate names with a comma.