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Seven Basic Comma Rules Dr. John Eigenauer Taft College
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“Use a comma to separate an introductory element from the main clause that follows.” On the other hand, the author presents good data. To avoid getting an “F”, you should do your homework. When you see monsters, you should run.
“Use commas to set off an interrupter from the sentence that it divides.” You should consider, however, what the consequences will be. Joshua, the guy with the long hair, is really smart. That idea, which we all think is silly, will probably make you a fortune. Those cities, just like New York, are very dangerous.
“Use a comma to separate a concluding element from the main clause that precedes it.” What do you want to do tonight, honey? I went to the Dodger game, where I saw Weaver pitch a shutout. I thought that you didn’t care, but I was wrong.
Use “and” to connect complete sentences and three or more units. I want to buy a car, and live on the beach, and live happily ever after. You should graduate from college, and you should get an internship with a law firm. CAREFUL: I want to buy a car and live on the beach. CAREFUL: You should graduate and get an internship.
Use commas with nonessential clauses. Janet, who is the smartest girl in class, failed the test. I gave my car to my aunt, who needs it more than I do. CAREFUL: I gave it to the guy who had the pink coat on. CAREFUL: I will do it whenever I want.
“Use commas with a series of adjectives,” nouns, and phrases. The tall, trim, handsome man was really a secret agent. I don’t like peas, carrots, broccoli, or spinach. You shouldn’t believe him because he’s a liar, he’s deceitful, and is completely dishonest in business.
“So”, but not “so that”. He wanted to be educated, so he resolved to go to school. He went to school so that he could become educated.