Rewrite the following sentences, adding commas
, they decreed, are not for breathing; they are for communicating information about the relationship between clauses in a sentence.
If there were a comma
after "shipment," it might have been clear that the law exempted the distribution of perishable foods.
I think of him every time I consciously put a comma
inside a quotation mark, as I just did.
The devil is in the details, specifically in the last comma
. Since Bell Aliant wanted to sharply increase the pole rate and wanted the contractual flexibility to do that, it interpreted this clause as the right to terminate the agreement at any time, with one year's notice.
The writing center coordinator characterized the thinking behind the FANBOYS mnemonic for me as follows: "A comma
and a coordinating conjunction (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, and so exclusively) work together as a meaningful semicolon: they join independent clauses that retain their independence once so joined.
But most authors just present a wide array of marks such as the caret, the asterisk, the index, the obelisk, the double comma
, the eclipsis, etc.
We use commas
to set off appositives (words that identify a preceding noun or pronoun) that aren't essential but add parenthetical information:
The other most frequently asked topic centered on using that ubiquitous, challenging mark: the comma
. Even though rules for commas
are far from absolute, tutors--like so many other writers--sought guidance on three uses of commas
, areas about which many professional writers are unsure: after introductory elements, before coordinate conjunctions joining sentences, and preceding such as and as well as.
Concentrating on commas
, it takes a simple sentence and shows how vastly different it can be with a little comma
Three million copies have been sold worldwide, uniting a growing band of people who become irate at the sight of an errant comma
She said: "If young people leave school without the basic knowledge of where to use commas
and apostrophes, it can deter them from wanting to apply for a job as this would entail filling out a form or writing a covering letter, as well as completing a CV.
The technique works with data separated by commas
or tabs (Delimited) and names separated by spaces (Fixed width).
Run-on sentences are complete sentences incorrectly strung together by commas
. They are among the most common mistakes people make.
Which is down to lack of punctuation, especially commas
. Consider your banner headline from July 17: ``Don't strip off and drink plenty of water to stay cool this summer''.