Commas - at the beginning of a sentence: NOT...

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Many writers think it is a good idea to sprinkle commas every few places in there writing, but this makes for difficult reading. w Here are some places commas should not be used: H * After and, but, and or, unless the comma sets off a dependent clause (a phrase which can't stand alone as a sentence). Examples: Wrong- But, she did get it done on time. Right- But, to be fair, she did get it done on time. R * Between a month and year in a date: NOT November, 1990, The comma stops two sets of numerals from running into one another. WRIGHT November 20, 1990. N * Some style guides call for omitting the comma after very short dependent clauses
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Unformatted text preview: at the beginning of a sentence: NOT "On Saturday, the office is closed." WRIGHT "On Saturday the office is closed." But do use a comma after long dependent causes: "Because the entire epic is concerned with justifying the ways of God to man, Milton must present free will in a positive light." M * Commas are preferred before the last item in a list: leaving them out, as in "the first, second and third chapters," is a habit picked up from journalism. Though it saves a little space and effort, omitting the final comma suggests the second and third chapters are some sort of special pair....
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This note was uploaded on 05/21/2011 for the course ACCT 101 taught by Professor All during the Spring '11 term at Kaplan University.

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