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Commas in Sentences. Grammar English Department Bidwell Jr. High School . *Commas in Compound Sentences. Use a comma before a conjunction that joins independent clauses in a compound sentence. EX: I told my teacher that my dog ate my homework , but she didn’t believe me.

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Commas in Sentences

Grammar

English Department

Bidwell Jr. High School


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*Commas in Compound Sentences

  • Use a comma before a conjunction that joins independent clauses in a compound sentence.

  • EX: I told my teacher that my dog ate my homework, but she didn’t believe me.

  • EX: I enjoy swimming in the summer, and I like water sports on the lake.


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Commas with Items in a Series

  • Use a comma after every item in a series except the last one.

  • EX: Justin, Caleb, Cody, and Tim are all invited to my birthday party.

  • EX: Tommy is an athletic, active boy.


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Commas with Introductory Words and Phrases

  • Use a comma after an introductory word or phrase to separate it from the rest of the sentence.

  • EX: Slowly, he got on his bike.

  • EX: In 1492, he surveyed the town.


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Commas with Interrupters

  • Use a comma to set off words or phrases that interrupt, or break, the flow of thought in a sentence.

  • EX: Edison, at last, would pick up whole telegraph messages.


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Commas with Direct Address

  • Use commas to set off nouns of direct address.

  • EX: Tell us, Brandon, why you are late to class.

  • EX: Shane, go to the store.


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Commas with Appositives

  • An appositive is a word or phrase that identifies or renames a noun that comes right before it. Use a comma to set appositive definitions apart.

  • EX: Thomas Edison, an American inventor, is responsible for many patents.

  • EX: Mrs. Hansen, my English teacher, wants us to understand how to use commas.


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  • 1. In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

  • 2. Quickly she grabbed her keys.

  • 3. Oranges apples carrots and broccoli all are great sources of vitamin C.

  • 4. He studied hard but he did not pass the test.

  • 5. Babies are cute cuddly people.

  • 6. Justin at last finished his book.

  • 7. Explain to us Kenny how you solved the problem.

  • 8. Mrs. Parsley our school principal really cares about each student at our school.


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  • 9. My favorite instrument the trumpet has a long history.

  • 10. Trumpets in fact are at least 3,500 years old.

  • 11. In the opinion of many experts these trumpets were used for royal ceremonies.

  • 12. Originally however trumpets could sound only one or two notes.

  • 13. By 1400 the straight trumpet was bent into a S-shape.

  • 14. I asked Mr. Holmes our band teacher about the trumpet.

  • 15. He is a patient talented man.

  • 16. According to him valves came into use only in the nineteenth century.

  • 17. You know Tom some jazz trumpeters also play classical music.

  • 18. In conclusion the trumpet has a long history.


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