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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
I like turkey but I don’t like chicken. What is wrong with this sentence?
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
If you can’t annoy someone there is little point in writing. -Kingsley Arms What is wrong with this sentence?
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
Usher a real fine guy sings so sweet. What is wrong with this sentence?
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
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?
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
I don’t like rap, but I do like Outkast Eminem JayZ. What is wrong with this sentence?
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
Use commas when introducing a quotation. Example: Owen said, “Elfie is funny!” Use commas in personal letters or emails. Example: Dear Owen, Thanks for being good. Love, Elfie A few reminders from 5 th Grade…
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…
Use commas in large numbers. Example: 1, 546, 234 Use commas in dates Wednesday, December 25, 2013 A few reminders from 5 th Grade…