Category: Commas

The Oxford Comma

Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at 3:51 pm

The debate rages on regarding inclusion of the Oxford, or serial, comma. Our Rule 1 of Commas recommends, "To avoid confusion, use commas to separate words and word groups with a series of three or more." I would like to share the below presentation with you for this week's grammar tip. I apologize …

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Commas, Part 10

Posted on Friday, March 1, 2013, at 10:34 pm

Rule 1 - Use a comma when beginning sentences with introductory words such as well, why, hello, no, yes, etc. Examples: Yes, I do need that report. Well, I never thought I'd live to see the day… Rule 2 - Use a comma before and after introductory words such as namely, that is, i.e., for …

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Commas, Part 9

Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, at 2:45 pm

Rule 1 - Use a comma to separate a statement from a question. Example: I can go, can't I? Rule 2 - Use a comma to separate contrasting parts of a sentence. Example: That is my money, not yours. Pop Quiz Select the correct sentence. 1A. You’re Marvin from my old Denver neighborhood, aren’t you? …

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Commas, Part 8

Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at 5:42 pm

To get started, let’s review the first rule of “Commas, Part 7.” Rule: Use a comma to separate two independent clauses joined by a coordinating conjunction--and, or, but, for, nor. Example: He thought quickly, but he still did not answer correctly. Now, let’s look at a slightly different situation. Rule 1 - If the subject …

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Commas, Part 7

Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013, at 5:18 pm

NOTE: An independent (or strong) clause is a simple sentence with a subject, verb, and a complete thought. A dependent (or weak) clause has a subject and verb but does not express a complete thought. Rule - Use a comma to separate two independent clauses joined by a coordinating conjunction—and, or, but, for, nor. You …

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