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Unformatted text preview: Basic Comma Rules Keep this in the Grammar section of your binder. 1. Use commas to separate three or more words or phrases in a series. Examples: The colors of the flag are red, white, and blue. I scraped, sanded, and varnished the old chair. They had money, peace of mind, and even good grammar. 2. Use commas to indicate that a person is being addressed by name. Examples: Fred, did you take the pizza? Did you take the pizza, Fred? 3. Use commas after phrases, clauses, or small words that introduce the main idea of your sentence. Included in this group are transition words and phrases such as "however," "nevertheless," "on the other hand," etc. Examples: No, Fred did not take the pizza. Because Kathy went to the Writing Lab often, she learned to correct all of her grammatical errors. After the movie, we all went home. Consequently, Kathy was glad that she went to the Writing Lab. 4. Use commas to set off words, phrases or clauses that comment on or give additional information about the 4....
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- Spring '09