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Comma Rules

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on 10 September 2012

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Comma Rules Comma Rule #1 Commas are used to separate items in a list. Comma Rule #1 Examples Joe looked for the kitten under the bed, on the sofa, in the bathtub, and inside the empty cardboard box. Using commas with a list helps add clarity. It shows the reader when one item in the series ends and the next item begins. I want to visit Thailand, China, and Japan. Comma Rule #1 Practice questions 1. Barbecue hammock canoe and moccasin are four of the words that the English language owes to American Indians.

2. Always stop look and listen before crossing railroad tracks.

3. Clearing the table washing the dishes and putting everything away took almost an hour. Read over the following sentences and insert commas where they are needed. Comma Rule #2 Comma Rule #1 Practice Answers 1. Barbecue,hammock,canoe, and moccasin are four of the words that the English language owes to American Indians.

2. Always stop,look, and listen before crossing railroad tracks.

3. Clearing the table,washing the dishes, and putting everything away took almost an hour. Use a comma before a coordinating conjunction when it joins independent clauses in a compound sentence. Review: A complete sentence needs to have all of the following:

1. A subject
2. A verb
3. It needs to express a complete thought

If any of those three things are missing, the sentence is not a complete sentence/independent clause. To make it easier to remember the coordinating conjunctions, think of the word FANBOYS. comma rule #2 practice questions Read over the following sentences and insert commas where they are needed. 1. Joe read the book and saw the movie.

2. Margo likes golf but she doesn't enjoy archery.

3. The members of the choir went to the concert and the artists went to the museum. 1. Joe read the book and saw the movie. No Change

2. Margo likes golf, but she doesn't enjoy archery.

3. The members of the choir went to the concert, and the artists went to the museum. Comma Rule #2 Practice Answers Comma Rule #3 Use commas before and after non-essential words or groups of words that interrupt a sentence. Comma rule #2 examples Human beings must study to become architects, yet some animals build amazing structures by instinct. Susan read the paper, but she didn't agree with its thesis. Anyone know the test to see if something is considered non-essential information? A word or groups of words is considered non-essential if that information can be eliminated from the sentence without jeopardizing the meaning of the sentence. comma rule #3 Examples of non-essential information My brother, who lives across town, plans to throw a party. My essay,to be perfectly honest, flew out of the bus window while I was riding to school. comma rule #3 examples of essential information The people that work in my office are loud. All farmers growing the new hybrid corn should have a good harvest. Comma rule #3 Practice Questions Read over the following sentences and insert commas where they are needed. 1. What you just ate if you must know was squid eyeball stew.

2. The man who robbed the bank was caught today.

3.John's calculus teacher is usually really tough. Tonight surprisingly John has only fifty problems to solve as homework. comma rule #3 practice answers 1. What you just ate, if you must know, was squid eyeball stew.

2. The man who robbed the bank was caught today. No Change

3.John's calculus teacher is usually really tough. Tonight,surprisingly, John has only fifty problems to solve as homework. Stop to practice! FOR AND NOR BUT OR YET SO FOR
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