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    Cool THe use of commas in writing

    Hello Fellow Teachers,

    I have a little problem that I would like to find an answer to.

    Below are several sentences that maybe simplify the problem.

    Which sentence is wrong?

    #1 When Barry moved to Alsaka, he was ten.
    #2 When Barry moved to Alaska he was ten.

    #3 Unfortunately, he had already left his office when she arrived.
    #4 Unfortunately, he had already left his office, when she arrived

    #5 I like pineapple, pears and apples but not grapes.
    #6 I like pineapple, pears, and apples, but not pears.

    Let me know what you think
    Sincerely
    Ron

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    Re: THe use of commas in writing

    Quote Originally Posted by mendezmorrain View Post
    Hello Fellow Teachers,

    I have a little problem that I would like to find an answer to.

    Below are several sentences that maybe simplify the problem.

    Which sentence is wrong?

    #1 When Barry moved to Alsaka, he was ten.
    #2 When Barry moved to Alaska he was ten.

    #3 Unfortunately, he had already left his office when she arrived.
    #4 Unfortunately, he had already left his office, when she arrived

    #5 I like pineapple, pears and apples but not grapes.
    #6 I like pineapple, pears, and apples, but not pears.

    Let me know what you think
    Sincerely
    Ron
    #1, #4, #5 and #6 are all wrong.

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    #3

    Re: THe use of commas in writing

    Quote Originally Posted by mendezmorrain View Post
    Hello Fellow Teachers,

    I have a little problem that I would like to find an answer to.

    Below are several sentences that maybe simplify(illustrate?) the problem.

    Which sentence is wrong?

    #1 When Barry moved to Alsaka, he was ten.
    #2 When Barry moved to Alaska he was ten.

    #3 Unfortunately, he had already left his office when she arrived.
    #4 Unfortunately, he had already left his office, when she arrived

    #5 I like pineapple, pears and apples but not grapes.
    #6 I like pineapple, pears, and apples, but not pears.

    Let me know what you think
    Sincerely
    Ron
    1, 3 & 5 are preferred.

    not a teacher

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    #4

    Re: THe use of commas in writing

    Quote Originally Posted by mendezmorrain View Post
    #1 When Barry moved to Alsaka, he was ten. Yes.
    #2 When Barry moved to Alaska he was ten. No.

    #3 Unfortunately, he had already left his office when she arrived. Yes.
    #4 Unfortunately, he had already left his office, when she arrived. No.

    #5 I like pineapple, pears and apples but not grapes. No.
    #6 I like pineapple, pears, and apples, but not pears grapes. No.

    Let me know what you think.
    Sincerely
    Ron
    See above. As someone else said, 5 and 6 are both incorrect. Have another try at that one.

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    #5

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    Sorry, I meant #2 is wrong not #1.

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    #6

    Re: THe use of commas in writing

    What is wrong with #5?

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    Re: THe use of commas in writing

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    What is wrong with #5?
    "But not grapes" needs to be clearly separated from what goes before,

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    #8

    Re: THe use of commas in writing

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    "But not grapes" needs to be clearly separated from what goes before,
    Separated as in a separate sentence? Why can't it be in the same sentence?

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    #9

    Re: THe use of commas in writing

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    Separated as in a separate sentence? Why can't it be in the same sentence?
    It can, but it needs to be separated from the rest by a comma. There is a change of direction from liking to not liking

    I like (1) pineapple, (2) pears and (3) apples, (change) but not grapes.

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    #10

    Re: THe use of commas in writing

    In your 5th example, you had commas in all the right places except one:

    I like pineapple, pears and apples, but not grapes.

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