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15 Comma Rules
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Use commas when writing numbers large than 999.
Ex: I earned $23,000.
Use commas when writing dates, including after the year if the sentence continues.
Ex: She will celebrate her 90th birthday on November 1, 2010.
Use commas when writing an address that includes two or more locations. Also, use a comma
after the last location if the sentence continues.
Ex: I live in Park Falls, Wisconsin, United States.
Use a comma when opening an informal letter. (Formal letters require a colon.)
Ex: Dear John,
Use commas to separate names from titles.
Ex: Jane Smith, M.D., is a fantastic doctor.
Use commas to separate items in a list, but only when there are more than two items.
Ex: I went to the store and bought apples, oranges, bananas, and a giant cake.
Use commas to shift into and out of quotes and dialogue.
Ex: "Good morning," she said, "and have a great day."
Use a comma to separate independent clauses that are joined by a coordinating conjunction
Ex: The game was over, but the crowd refused to leave.
Use a comma to separate the dependent and independent clause in a complex sentence ONLY
IF the sentence begins with a subordinating conjunctions/dependent clause. If the sentence
begins with the independent clause, you do not include a comma.
Ex: White I was eating, the cat scratched the door.
Use commas after introductory words, such as "Well," "Yes," "Also," and "However."
Ex: Well, I never thought of it that way.
Use commas to set off information—clauses, phrases, words—that is not important to what is
being talked about.
Ex: Yesterday, which was my birthday, was the only day I could meet.
Use commas to separate multiple adjectives in a sentence.
Ex: I took the large, hyper, furry dog for a quick walk.
Use a comma at the end of a sentence to separate a contrast, addition, or correction.
Ex: He is taking a trip to Hawaii, not Alaska.
Use commas to separate statements from questions.
Ex: I can go to the movies, can't I?
Use commas to clear up possible confusion.
Ex: He baked, himself, as a child.
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