Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Fun with Commas: Rules to Memorize

Happy Writer Wednesday!

Welcome back to another installment of Writer Wednesday! We're continuing on the Comma Train this week with a look at some of the rules for comma usage.

1. Use a comma to separate three or more items in a list. I'm personally a big fan of the Oxford comma, and use it before the word "and" in a list, though it's allegedly not necessary.

2. Use a comma to separate independent clauses joined by a conjunction. Remember the conjunctions are your fanboys (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so).

3.Use a comma to separate an introductory phrase from the meat of the sentence. You should also use a comma to separate an introductory word from the sentence. For instance: Yes, I am reading that. However, you can borrow it.

4. Use a comma to set off addresses, titles, items in a date, and geographical names. Little Rock, Arkansas \ July 22, 2019, \ Olivia Ronson, MD, is running for office. 1234 John Street, Los Angeles, California,

Next week, we'll continue with some of the other rules of comma usage!

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