- Use a comma with and, or, yet, but, so to join
She walked home, and Monet took a bus.
- Set off long introductory phrases and clauses
with a comma:
After the team lost the game, we went home.
- Use commas to set off absolutes:
Built for speed, the car was streamlined.
- Set off non-restrictive clauses that add extra
Lee, who wants to lose weight, should exercise.
- Add commas to prevent reader confusion:
When I eat, my cat gets hungry.
When I eat my cat gets hungry.
- Set off quotations with commas:
He said, "Let's go."
- Use commas to separate city and state, day and
He was born in Chicago, Illinois, on June 5, 1978.
- Set off parenthetical elements in commas:
Our teacher, Ms. Jones, is a television commentator.
- Place commas between elements in a series:
We brought soda, candy, and crackers.
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