Does this need a comma?

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Which is correct? With or without the comma?

Small Cars, Better Gas: The Guide to getting blah blah
or
Small Cars Better Gas: The Guide to getting blah blah


MTIA

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PS. Thanks for pointing out my two errors.
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  • Profile picture of the author JennySweets
    well they both show commas, and i don't know how good putting your title into a coma will do ya :p

    but looking at it without the comma in my head, i'd say with the comma. but lets see what the experts around here have to say, i'm too green to listen to yet hehe
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    Both your examples have comma
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  • Profile picture of the author LooseChange
    First off, it's "comma" not "coma" and the two sentences are identical.

    The way you have it punctuared is fine.
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  • Profile picture of the author ZachWaldman
    They're both the same which I figure is a mistake you made. To answer your question, you need the comma. I hope you don't need a coma.
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  • Profile picture of the author GarrieWilson
    haha i copied and pasted... forgot to remove it.

    oops.

    all fixed now.

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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    With the comma. Sentence makes less sense without the comma.
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  • Profile picture of the author domainarama
    Punctuation rules in English change all the time. Rules about the use of commas are changing these days. If you are looking for approval about comma use from someone educated ten or twenty years ago you will almost certainly miss a lot of punctuation rules changes. Nowadays commas are used much much much less frequently than in the past.

    The modern general rule: use few commas in headlines. No commas can be good.

    BTW: avoid using colons ( : ) wherever you can. A simple dash ( - ) is cleaner and more readable.
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  • Profile picture of the author GarrieWilson
    Thanks for the replies and for the dash suggestion.

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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    The comma is actually grammatically correct.

    You can improvise:

    Small Cars - Better Gas
    Small Cars = Better Gas

    You could also use a semi-colon but it would look too heavy with the colon behind Gas.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      I agree.

      I think a semi-colon would look heavy. The comma is undoubtedly more grammatically correct than its absence. I wouldn't hesitate to use a dash instead, though - if it looks better.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sunfyre7896
    I've seen Titles all sorts of ways, but I would say that you definitely need something between. Grammatically, the comma is correct.
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  • Profile picture of the author iidesu
    with coma, obviously.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kierkegaard
    Of cars, they which are small equal gas betterly: He for whom the Guide is wanted blah blah

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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      small cars, better gas: the guide...

      small cars - better gas: the guide...

      small cars, better gas - the guide...

      small cars & better gas: the guide....
      small cars/better gas - the guide....

      Don't you love choices?
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