I have read a lot on proper punctuation: grammar.ccc.comnet.edu grammarbook.com And some more... Now I remember my English teacher warning me that in English, you should use a lot less commas then in Hungarian (my mother tongue). The English writers rarely use commas, but they use a lot shorter sentences too - she would say.
So, I've been banging my head against the wall over this sentence:
It is like the logic of the Rubic's cube where the sides consist of different colours and each and every small square is part of a system that should be evaluated as a whole.
I'd be inclined to add commas like this:
It is like the logic of the Rubic's cube, where the sides consist of different colours, and each and every small square is part of a system that should be evaluated as a whole.
I'm pretty sure about the first one, though it doesn't really fit any of the 11 or 16 or XYZ number of rules on the sites I have checked. (Not elements in a series, not independent clauses, not introductory element, not parent element, not a list of adjectives. They do not fit, like I have said, any of the mentioned cases in the sites I have checked.
Still, without a comma, I find it a bit too long and maybe even confusing.
So, three questions:
- In this sentence, should I use commas? Where?
- Is there a general rule, or a good site I should turn to for reference?
- If in doubt, do I go for better readability with probably unnecessary commas, or should I just do it without commas and sacrifice readability?
Thanks! Hope this is not totally off-topic here.