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Purdue University Writing Lab Conquering the Comma A workshop brought to you by the Purdue University Writing Lab
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Purdue University Writing Lab What Is a Comma? o A comma is a punctuation mark that indicates a pause is needed in a sentence. o Commas help to clarify meaning for the reader.
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Purdue University Writing Lab Clauses and Phrases o A clause is a group of words that contains both a subject and a verb that complement each other. o A phrase is a group of words that does not contain a subject or a verb that complement each other.
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Purdue University Writing Lab Sentence Structure: Independent Clause o A complete sentence has two components, a subject and a verb. o The subject and verb must form a complete thought to be considered an independent clause. The couple dances . The couple dances . subject (S) verb (V)
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Purdue University Writing Lab Sentence Structure: Compound Sentence o A sentence that contains two independent clauses joined by a coordinating conjunction is called a compound sentence. o A conjunction joins words, phrases, and clauses together in a sentence. o Conjunctions for and nor but or yet so FAN BOYS
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Purdue University Writing Lab Sentence Structure: Compound Sentence o The comma in a compound sentence is placed before the coordinating conjunction. Andy built a snowman, and Jeff played with his dog. S V conj. Andy built a snowman , and Jeff played with his dog. S V
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Purdue University Writing Lab Where would you place the comma in the following sentence? Sentence Structure: Compound Sentence Dan struggled with his homework so his father helped him. Dan struggled with his homework , so his father helped him. S V conj. S V
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Sentence Structure: Dependent Clause o A dependent clause contains a subject and verb, but the clause cannot stand independently. o Dependent clauses can often be identified by the use of dependent clause markers. o
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