Proper Uses of Commas-Teachers Copy
There are various ways and places to use commas at and here are 11 ways in which this
can be done:
1. Use commas to separate independent clauses when they are joined by any of
these seven coordinating conjunctions:
and, but, for, or, nor, so, yet.
Verina went out to dinner with her best friend, but the restaurant served terrible food
Add the comma if necessary:
Shelly loved chocolate, but she was not in the mood to eat it now.
Travis hated his professor, so he made fun of him all the time
I wanted to study but forgot my calculator at home.
2. Use commas after introductory a) clauses, b) phrases, or c) words that come
before the main clause.
a. Common starter words for introductory clauses that should be followed by a comma
after, although, as, because, if, since, when, while.
I was running, my IPod broke
she ate a lot, she felt like she was going to throw u
b. Common introductory phrases that should be followed by a comma include participial
and infinitive phrases, absolute phrases, nonessential appositive phrases, and long
prepositional phrases (over four words).
Having finished the test,
he left the room.
To get a seat,
you'd better come early.