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Commas

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Josh Barkhurst

on 14 October 2015

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The definition of a COMMA:
indicates a pause between parts of a sentence
Indicates a pause between parts of a sentence
5- Used to separate items in a series (list)
Commas
used to separate items in a list
and to mark the place of thousands in a large numeral.
You've seen COMMAS used this way when...
1- Use commas after introductory words or mild interjections.
ex. Yes
,
I am unrealistic.
2- Use commas to set off words of direct address.
ex. Clifford
,
why don’t you help me?
3- Use commas to set off one or more words that interrupt the flow of a sentence.
ex. Lebron James
,
as you can see in this video here
,
dominates all his opponents.
4- Use a comma before the
conjunction
that joins the
two independent clauses
in a compound sentence.
Conjunctions are:
and
but
for
or
so
Two Independent Clauses
I like working outside
, and

I also enjoy reading.
He got out of school early
, so

he took a nap.
"I like working outside" could be its own sentence
"I also enjoy reading" could also be its own sentence
The
two
are connected by "
, and
"
"He got out of school early"
"He took a nap"
"
, so
"
Amy ordered two hamburgers
,
a Coke
, and
a large order of fries.
The
LAST comma
is always
BEFORE the conjunction
to end your list
Other ways we've seen COMMAS used...
6- To separate the elements of dates and places.
October 14 2015
COMMAS
separate the city from the state
,
Where does the
COMMA
go?
Reynoldsburg
,
Ohio.
Thanksgiving Break starts on...
November 25 2015
,
7- Use a comma before a direct quotation and commas go INSIDE quotationmarks.
When asked if he had studied for the test
,
Paul replied
,

"Only a little
,
"
and his grade showed it!
*
This is useful for when you're writing a story with narration.
*
The
first
comma introduces the speaker
The
second
comma goes right before the quote
The
third
comma ends the quote without ending the sentence
Can remove what is between the two commas and it still makes sense?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/game/en29punc-game-going-to-work-with-commas
Exercise
Click the link below and complete the game
Think you've got
COMMAS
down?
Click this link and try the 20 examples. Getting over a 90% could get you a
SWEET TREAT
Show Mr. B your score if it's
90% or higher
http://www.chompchomp.com/hotpotatoes/commas01.htm
For
DOUBLE the candy
... get a
90% or higher
on this activity
http://www.chompchomp.com/hotpotatoes/commas02.htm
KEEP WORKING!!
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