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Writing => All the Write Questions => Topic started by: nosuchmember on December 13, 2018, 04:04:34 PM

Title: The Comma
Post by: nosuchmember on December 13, 2018, 04:04:34 PM
There are five principal uses of the comma:

to separate clauses
to set off a parenthetical element
to mark a series
to introduce a quotation
to compel a pause for the sake of clearness

A comma is used between clauses joined by but, for, and, or any ***other coordinating conjunction.

Right: The hour arrived, but Forbes did not appear. [The comma emphasizes the contrast.]

Right: She was glad she had looked, for a man was approaching the house. [The comma prevents the combination looked for a man.]

Right: He gave the money John, and Mark received nothing.  [The comma prevents confusion.]

Exception.--- If the clauses are short and closely linked in thought, the comma may be omitted(She came and she was gone in a minute.   McCoy talked and the rest of us listened).   If the clauses are long and complicated a semicolon may be used.

Note--- No comma should follow the conjunction.

Wrong:  He was enthusiastic but, inexperienced.

Wrong:  They went before the committee but, not one of them would answer a question.

***And, but, for, nor, or, so, and yet—these are the seven coordinating conjunctions.
Title: Re: The Comma
Post by: landmersm on December 14, 2018, 03:22:47 PM
When i eventually lose my mind, you will find me, somewhere, putting a comma, in, between, every, word, in, every, s,e,n,t,e,n,c,e,

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Title: Re: The Comma
Post by: nosuchmember on December 14, 2018, 04:37:20 PM
When i eventually lose my mind, you will find me, somewhere, putting a comma, in, between, every, word, in, every, s,e,n,t,e,n,c,e,

,,,,,,,,,,,,

I thought I was the only one that does that. Wherever my thought ends that's where I put a comma.
Title: Re: The Comma
Post by: Mrs N on December 20, 2018, 08:09:42 PM
When i eventually lose my mind, you will find me, somewhere, putting a comma, in, between, every, word, in, every, s,e,n,t,e,n,c,e,

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