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Transcript of COMMAS
Commas are used to separate parts of a sentence. They tell readers to pause between words or groups of
words, and they help clarify the meanings of sentences.
Use a comma to separate the day of the month from the year and after the year.
Kathleen met her husband on December 5, 2003, in Mill Valley, California.
Use a period at the end of a complete sentence that is a statement.
I know that you would never break my trust intentionally.
Use a question mark [ ? ] at the end of a direct question.
Will you go with me?
Example: Could you give me the book, please?
Use an exclamation point [ ! ] at the end of an emphatic declaration, interjection, or command.
Example:"No!" he yelled. "Do it now!
Example: Good luck!
Use quotation marks [ “ ” ] to set off material that represents quoted or spoken language.
Quotation marks enclose the exact words of a person (direct quotation).
EXAMPLE: Megan said, "Kurt has a red hat."
Do not use quotation marks around a paraphrase (using your own words to express the author’s ideas)
or a summary of the author's words.
EXAMPLE: Megan said that Kurt’s hat was red.
Commas are used to separate three or more words, phrases, or clauses in a series.
EXAMPLE: Practice will be held before school, in the afternoon, and at night.
Use a comma + a little conjunction (and, but, for, nor, yet, or, so) to connect two independent clauses, as in "He hit the ball well, but he ran toward third base."
Use the period after an indirect question.
He asked where his suitcase was.
He should quit smoking, shouldn't he?
Use a question mark when a sentence is half statement and half question.
You do care, don't you?
Use the exclamation point to show emphasis or surprise. Do not use the exclamation point in formal business writing.
I'm truly shocked by your behavior!
What a good movie!