Before the movie, we bought popcorn
used to set off an introductory phrase.
After we eat, you need to wash the dishes
used to set off an introductory subordinate clause.
Lori, make sure to wash your hands
used to set off a name of direct address.
Then, you need to set the table
used to set off introductory words(transitions) and words like yes, no, well, oh, first, next, and finally.
Cows, for example, are big animals
use two commas to set off interrupting words or expressions
We like to ride our bikes, but we like to run more.
use a comma before a conjunction in a compound sentence
We like running, swimming, and cycling
use commas to set off words or groups of words in a sentence.
Mary said, "I like to eat pizza."
use a comma to set off a quotation from the rest of a sentence.
"We shouldn't bother him," Bob said, "or he'll get mad."
use two commas to set off a divided quote.
Robin, my friend, has that same backpack.
use two commas to set off an appositive.
use a comma to separate cities and state.
June 13, 2009
use a comma to separate days from years.
Dear Mom,... Sincerely,
use commas after salutations in friendly letters and closings in all letters.
The hot, humid weather is uncomfortable.
use commas between adjectives of equal importance.