How To Use Commas

Contrary to some beliefs commas do not justify a pause in a sentence.Commas should be used before any coordinating conjunction ( and, or, but, nor, for, so, yet) that links two independent clauses. For example: I went running, and I saw a duck.Although, if we was to delete I for the middle of the sentence then we wouldn't have to place the comma.

Use a comma after a dependent clause that starts a sentence. For example: When i went running, I saw a duck. Commas always follow these clauses at the beginning of the sentence.Only use a comma to separate the dependent clauses.

Use commas to offset appositives from the rest of the sentence. For example: When running, I saw a mallard, a kind of duck. If the appositive is in the middle of the sentence then it needs commas on both times.

Also, you use commas for separating items in a sentence. For example: I saw a deer, a clown, and a ball, when I went running.

Use commas after introductory adverbs. For example: Surprisingly, I did not see a rabbit when I went walking. Also, insert a comma when however begins a sentence. Phrases like (on the other hand, furthermore) also fall into this category.

Use a comma when attributing quotes. For example: "The bear was eating an apple," said the hunter. When there is quotations you must place a comma inside the quotations, like in the example above.

Use a comma when separating elements in an address. For example: I work at 123 East Main Street, Grayson, Kentucky 41143. You also use commas when separating a city from a state. For example: Grayson, Kentucky is a small city.

Use a comma when separating the elements in date (weekday, month, day, year). For example: March 29,2017 or with the weekday Wednesday, March 29, 2017.

Use a comma if the first word of a sentence starts with a freestanding " yes" or "no". For example: Yes, I was at the lake. or No, I didn't catch any fish.

Use a comma when mentioning a name in a sentence.For example: The director of the program put Kristy, at the door to greet people as they walked in.

Use a comma between two adjectives in a sentence. For example: I shot that big, mean bear. Only coordinating adjectives need a comma between them.

Use commas to offset negation in a sentence. For example: I saw a deer, not a bear, when I went hunting.

Use commas between every sequence of three numbers. For example: 1,234,567 or 1,234.

Homework

  1. Is this sentence correct ? When I went for a run I saw a, white tailed deer.
  2. Is this sentence correct ? I went to the bank a cashed my, 1550 check.
  3. Is this sentence correct ? I just saw a deer, a clown, and a dog, when I went for a run.
  4. Is this sentence correct ? I work at 123 East Main Street, Grayson, Kentucky 41143.
  5. Is this sentence correct ? It's Tuesday March 18th 2017.

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