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Use Some “Comma” Sense! How to use commas to enhance your writing By Courtney Guthrie Adapted from Mechanically Inclined by Jeff Anderson.

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1 Use Some “Comma” Sense! How to use commas to enhance your writing By Courtney Guthrie Adapted from Mechanically Inclined by Jeff Anderson

2  I like turkey but I don’t like chicken. What is wrong with this sentence?

3  Use commas and a conjunction to join two independent clauses. Conjunctions are FANBOYS: Sentence, sentence. Example: You can pick your friends, but you’re stuck with family. –Jeff Foxworthy Commas in Compound Sentences for and nor but or yet so for and nor but or yet so

4  If you can’t annoy someone there is little point in writing. -Kingsley Arms What is wrong with this sentence?

5  Use commas after openers, introductory phrases, transitions, and transition phrases. Opener, sentence Comma Causers: Although, After as, While, When, Until, Because, Before, If, Since Example: If there was an Olympic contest for talking, Shelly Stalls would sweep the event. From the book Flipped Commas After Openers

6  Usher a real fine guy sings so sweet. What is wrong with this sentence?

7  When a group of words interrupts a sentence, it needs to have commas on both sides. Sent, interrupter, ence Examples: Mrs. Guthrie, our LA teacher, says we’re intelligent. January 17, our first snow day, was the best day of the year! Commas with Interrupters

8  It was time to get my haircut bangs over my eyes flopping back down every time I brush it back. What is wrong with this sentence?

9  Use commas to set off additional information at the end of a sentence.  The closer often includes sensory details. Sentence, closer. Example: The screen was coming away from the screen door in one corner, curling away from the metal frame like a leaf. -Harriet the Spy Commas Before Closers

10  I don’t like rap, but I do like Outkast Eminem JayZ. What is wrong with this sentence?

11  Use commas to separate a series of three or more things, actions or phrases and Examples: I love to eat apples, bananas, and grapefruits. or You can play volleyball, basketball, or soccer. Commas in a Series

12  Use commas when introducing a quotation. Example: Owen said, “Elfie is funny!” Use commas in personal letters or s. Example: Dear Owen, Thanks for being good. Love, Elfie A few reminders from 5 th Grade…

13  Use commas between city and names. Example: Eminence, Kentucky Use commas between state and country names. Example: Paris, France A few reminders from 5 th Grade…

14  Use commas in large numbers. Example: 1, 546, 234 Use commas in dates Wednesday, December 25, 2013 A few reminders from 5 th Grade…


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