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    Comma placement

    I am a late beginnger college student. I am needing rules for comma placement. Please, I am open to any suggestions.

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    Re: Comma placement

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I am a late beginnger college student. I am needing rules for comma placement. Please, I am open to any suggestions.

    Shelly
    Generally, commas go where you would naturally have a pause in a setence if you were speaking it outload. For example, "Like I said before [naturaul speaking pause], he is a very nice guy." Also, there commas belong in between words if you are writing a list. For example, "Please use the colors red, green, black, and purple for the painting." There was a comma in between the colors because it separates the nouns in the sentence. Those are the most basic examples of comma usage.


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    You might also find this helpful: OWL: Handouts: Grammar, Punctuation, and Spelling

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    Re: Comma placement

    Quote Originally Posted by carolandrea View Post
    Generally, commas go where you would naturally have a pause in a setence if you were speaking it outload.
    Yes, I used to believe that, too. But after a few years of having to teach it, I realise that it's a pretty useless rule.

    Here's my attempt to explain the comma.

    Briefly, we use commas:

    in lists
    before and after phrases in apposition and non-defining relative clauses
    to introduce direct speech
    before most coordinating conjunctions, but after "however" and a few others

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