Commas on Steroids (RECORDED)

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This course gives you access to the RECORDED sessions after they have gone live. There are no CEUs offered for completion of this course.

In the evaluations of a recent in-person seminar I gave, there was a comment that the rules we were covering were too “easy.” In comparing what I cover in a seminar and the questions I answer on Margie Rules, my subscription where the questions are on sentences that come directly from transcripts, I realize there is a disconnect. So the idea for this class was born.

In this “Commas on Steroids” class, we will delve into the rules more deeply and look at the complication that requires more thought about how to apply the basic rules. What do you do with a prepositional phrase that comes after a coordinate conjunction in a compound sentence? One comma? A pair of commas? How do you figure out what the word “and” is connecting when the sentence goes on for eight or nine or ten lines?

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Margie Wakeman Wells
Margie Wakeman Wells

Margie Wakeman Wells is a lifetime credentialed teacher in the state of California and is certified as a CRI. She is in her sixth decade of teaching -- with 40 of those years in the field of court reporting. As a reporting instructor, she has taught from the theory level through the exit speeds as well as all manner of English courses – both on campus in a bricks and mortar school and online.

She has presented, under the auspices of NCRA and state court reporting organizations, over 300 seminars for reporters on English-related topics as well as seminars for teachers and students.

Court Reporting: Bad Grammar/Good Punctuation, her best-selling reference text, and the workbook that accompanies it are available at In addition, she has published Word Pares, Pears, Pairs, a reference work of 2,000 word pairs with definitions, examples, and idioms for the words, and is currently writing a grammar text. She has also written a drill book series for improving accuracy: Practice Really DOES Make Perfect.

Margie operates “Margie Holds Class,” her online school, for both live and recorded classes and writes her blog, “All Things English,” at Margie currently serves as the Education Liaison for the California Court Reporters Association.

Margie has two grown sons and lives with her husband, Bill, in Culver City, California.

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