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Commas save lives. (Comma Lesson)

Grandma's dinner or grandmas dinner? Something to chew on. Full Lesson
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Mike Gormaly

on 16 September 2015

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Transcript of Commas save lives. (Comma Lesson)

COMMAS...
pause and consider.
Brought to you by friends of great grammar.
Find the prepositional phrases:
"In the mornings when I am usually wide awake I love to take a walk through the gardens and down by the lake where I often see a duck and a drake and I wonder, as I walk by, what they would say if they could speak, although I know that's an absurd thought"
"In the mornings when I am usually wide awake I love to take a walk through the gardens and down by the lake where I often see a duck and a drake and I wonder as I walk by what they would say if they could speak although I know that's an absurd thought"
Find the clauses in this sentence:
("minnie sentences"--there are at least 9.)
Find the coordinating conjunctions and subordinating conjunctions in this sentence:
"In the morning when I am usually wide awake I love to take a walk through the gardens and down by the lake where I often see a duck and a drake and I wonder as I walk by what they would say if they could speak although I know that's an absurd thought."
Some Comma Rules:
1. Use commas with introductory phrases
2. Use commas with introductory clauses (dependent clauses)
3. Use commas with independent clauses joined by coordinating conjuntions
4. Use commas to set off unnecessary phrases with in the sentence but never at the end.
Apply commas wherever necessary
Clear here.
And now back to our regularly scheduled program...
What's a preposition?
Think of a box...
Anything having to do with space in or around a box is a preposition.
beside
under
over
out of
into
"In the mornings when I am usually wide awake I love to take a walk through the gardens and down by the lake where I often see a duck and a drake and I wonder as I walk by what they would say if they could speak although I know that's an absurd thought."
"In the morning when
I am usually wide awake
I love to take a walk
through the gardens and down by the lake where
I often see a duck and a drake
and
I wonder
as
I walk by
what
they would say
if
they could speak
although
I know
that's an absurd thought
"
Under the circumstances, I can't attend.
Besides judo, karate, and kung fu, he knew jujitsu too.
Into every life, a little rain must fall.
The bad news came from out of the blue.
I've seen many students over the years go to Ivy league colleges.
"In the morning
,
when I am usually wide awake
,
I love to take a walk through the gardens and down by the lake where I often see a duck and a drake
,
and I wonder
,

as I walk by
,
what they would say if they could speak
,
although I know that's an absurd thought."
I love to take a walk through the gardens and down by the lake where I often see a duck and a drake
I wonder as I walk by what they would say
I wonder as I walk by what they would say if they could speak although I know that's an absurd thought"
Additional clauses within the sentence:
"In the morning
when
I am usually wide awake I love to take a walk through the gardens and down by the lake
where
I often see a duck and a drake
and
I wonder
as
I walk by
what
they would say
if
they could speak
although
I know
that
's an absurd thought."
Subordinating Conjunction:
Coordinating Conjunction:
Attached to a clause creates a dependent clause and requires an independents clause to complete the thought.
Joins two independent clauses together. Remember the achronym FANBOYS: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so
And next, the period's end:
THE END
"
In the mornings
when I am usually wide awake I love to take a walk
through the gardens
and down

by the lake
where I often see a duck and a drake and I wonder as I walk by what they would say if they could speak although I know that's an absurd thought"
Find prepositional phrases (cont.)
"In the mornings when I am usually wide awake I love to take a walk through the gardens and down by the lake where I often see a duck and a drake and I wonder, as I walk by, what they would say if they could speak, although I know that's an absurd thought"
.
In the morning, when I am usually wide awake, I love to take a walk through the gardens and down by the lake where I often see a duck and a drake, and I wonder,
as I walk by, what they would say if they could speak, although I know that's an absurd thought."
Over the course of the quarter, we're going to be going over the rules for comma usage, but you can't fully understand the rules without knowing the parts of speech of the English language. Commas are used for :
Comma Rules
Used with phrases that begin sentences
Used to separate words in a list
Used to join dependent clauses together with coordinating conjunctions
Used to join dependent and independent clauses together with subordinating conjunctions
The corrected sentence....
"In the mornings, when I am usually wide awake, I love to take a walk through the gardens and down by the lake, where I often see a duck and a drake, and I wonder as I walk by just what they'd say if they could speak, although I know that's an absurd thought."
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