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The comma will put a pause in your sentence:
If you would finish eating your lunch, we could play outside.
The comma separates a list of at least three items: I like to play with Jan, Jill, Joe and Brad.
When using quotations either at the beginning or the end: Joe said, "Are you coming to the move later?" "Come to the movies," said Joe.
Use a period, a semicolon, or a comma and a coordination conjunction (fanboy) to correct a comma splice (ie,. join two independent clauses.
accordingly, also, besides, consequently, finally furthermore however indeed meanwhile moreover nevertheless otherwise then therefore thus
A misplaced modifier is in the wrong position in the sentence and therefore describes the wrong word and changes the writer's meaning.
in. watching the sunset, the sky was breathtaking. (there is no subject who is "watching" the sunset)
Corr. i was watched the sunset and thought the sky was breathtaking. (the subject i has been added)
In. Most of the class received a passing grade on the exam; however, only a few students did well on the written assignment. This caused concern for the professor.
Quotation marks - " -- are used to enclose words that are borrowed or to set off dialog from narrative.
They always come in pairs - open quotation marks and closed quotation marks, "I am going to work."
When quoting someone word for word, use quotation marks to show the reader exactly which words are being borrowed from a particular source.
A direct quote may be woven into a sentence or it may be used in its entirety, either within or connected to a given sentence.
Mr. Smith, the biology teacher, at Sumner Academy, announced today, " all of the biology IB students passed their final exams in January."
If part of a long item is published over the course of several days or several separate times, these items should be placed in quotes.
If the quote follows a statement, it should be preceded by a comma. A quotation that ends a sentence should contain the period, exclamation mark, or question mark within the quotation marks.
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