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1 Seven Basic Comma Rules Dr. John Eigenauer Taft College

2 Copyright notice:  This information can be reviewed at  All information is copyrighted by Robin Simmons and is used by permission in an instructional setting.

3 “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.

4 “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.

5 “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.

6 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.

7 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.

8 “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.

9 “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.


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