|Woman, without her, man is nothing.
|Woman, without her man, is nothing.
Commas do make a difference!
Most people have trouble with commas, semi-colons, and colons. The best way to remember when to use which one is how long of a pause you plan to take: commas being the shortest pause, periods the longest pause. For those looking for hard-fast, definitive rules, here are some useful guidelines for pesky punctuation.
After introductory clauses, phrases, or words that come before the main clause.
Use commas between items in a list.
Separate adjectives that are equal and reversible.
Separate the clauses of a compound sentence with a comma before the coordinating conjunctions (FANBOYS: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so).
Nonessential words, phrases, or clauses must be set off with commas. Think of the information within the commas as not crucial to understanding the sentence. Also, transitional words within a sentence like however, therefore, then, consequently, besides, indeed, likewise, etc. are set off by a comma on both sides.
Use a semicolon between two sentences that are closely linked.
Before transitional words such as however, therefore, nevertheless, for example, as a result and a comma after when there is an independent clause on both sides of these words.
In place of a comma to separate items in a series when the items already contain commas or when the items are long.
The purpose of a colon is to introduce, define, or clarify something. Although a colon can be used either between two independent clauses (sentences) or between an independent and a dependent clause, it can follow only the independent clause; it may never follow a sentence fragment.
Use a colon when a second independent clause elaborates on the first one.
Use a colon to introduce a list or a quotation.