EDCI 496Grammar-Punctuation Lesson 11-SUBORDINATING_CONJUNCTIONS AND COMMA USES

EDCI 496Grammar-Punctuation Lesson 11-SUBORDINATING_CONJUNCTIONS AND COMMA USES

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WORDS SET OFF BY COMMAS SUBORDINATING CONJUNCTIONS: after, although, as, as if, as soon as, as though, because, before, even if, even though, if, in order that, in that, no matter how, once, since, so, than, so that, that, though, unless, until, when, whether, where, wherever, whatever , and while ___________________________________________________________________ When one clause has less emphasis or is less important in a sentence, it is subordinate to or dependent on the other clause. The above listed words are common marker words that indicate this relationship. They are called subordinating conjunctions . RULE: If a subordinating conjunction begins the sentence, you need a comma; otherwise, you don’t. Examples: 1. Because it snowed last night, school was closed this morning. School was closed this morning because it snowed last night. 2. When you finish, put your paper in the basket on the teacher’s desk. Put your paper in the basket on the teacher’s desk when you finish. 3. Unless you explain step-by-step, I won’t understand what you want me to do. I won’t understand what you want me to do unless you explain step-by-step. COMMAS WITH NONRESTRICTIVE OR RESTRICTIVE WORDS OR WORD GROUPS Follow these steps if you have trouble deciding whether a word or word group should be set off with a comma or commas: 1. Identify the word or word group that may need to be set off with commas. Pay special attention to words that appear between the subject and verb. 2.
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EDCI 496Grammar-Punctuation Lesson 11-SUBORDINATING_CONJUNCTIONS AND COMMA USES

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