Punctuation: Wrestling with the Comma

The comma is used

  • to separate elements in a series .  

Example:  He hit the ball, dropped the bat, and ran to first base.

  •  to connect two independent clauses. 

Example: He hit the ball well, but he ran toward third base.”

  • to separate two adjectives when the adjectives are interchangeable.

Example:  He is a strong, healthy man

  • When starting a sentence with a dependent clause, use a comma after it.

Example: If you are not sure about this, let me know now.”

  • to introduce or interrupt direct quotations.

Example:  He said, “I don’t care.”

  • to separate contrasting parts of a sentence. 

Example: That is my money, not yours.

The Comma


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