Sunday, February 3, 2013

The Comma

Where to begin! One of the most confusing grammar rules involves commas. Maybe because there's just so many rules to follow. Let's begin today with commas and coordinating conjunctions.
First, let's identify coordinating conjunctions: and, but, or, nor, for, while.
Second, when do we use a comma?
Here's a simple rule and an easy one to remember: if there is a subject on the other side of the coordinating conjunction, creating an independent clause, you need a comma. If no subject is present do not insert a comma.


Examples:
The coordinating conjunction is in italics and the subject is underlined.

1) Susan wanted to take that flight to Ontario, but she had too many projects at work.
2) She enjoys tennis, while her husband prefers golf.
3) Mattie wanted to go to the party but decided against it.

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