Punctuate the Sentence Below: A woman without her man is nothing Use at least one comma and any other punctuation you see fit!
The Boys Tended to Write: A woman, without her man, is nothing. The Girls Tended to Write: A woman: without her, man is nothing. Commas convey meaning! When a professor did this…
Comma Rule #1 Put a comma between two independent clauses, right before the conjunction.
Independent Clause, conjunction Independent Clause The cafeteria offers lunch each day, but many students prefer to bring their own. Alex came to class on time, and Sam thanked Mrs. Allio for not assigning homework over the weekend.
Comma Rule #2 When a dependent clause is in front of an independent clause, put a comma between them.
Dependent Clause, Independent Clause Although I practiced my speech, I froze in front of the audience. When Logan heard about the school cancellation on Sunday, he jumped for joy to express his excitement.
More Complex Cases Although Mike loves Chipotle and Buffalo Wild Wings, he doesn’t eat out much, and he tries to eat mainly fruits and vegetables. Dependent, Independent, conjunction Independent I watched the super bowl but only cared about the commercials. Independent followed by a phrase (no subject!)—not a clause (have subjects and verbs) Joe gets very angry when he is hungry. Independent dependent When he is hungry, Joe gets very angry. Dependent, independent
Practice Time Determine the types of clauses on your worksheet and then apply the two comma rules!
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