Punctuation Lecture . TECM 4190 Dr. Lam. Some definitions. Clauses - must contain subject and predicate Subject= noun or something noun-y Predicate= something about subject but MUST have a verb “The student slept in class” Independent (main)- can stand alone grammatically as a sentence
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4. to offset non-essential information (we’ll discuss more later when we distinguish restrictive vs. nonrestrictive clauses)
5. to separate coordinate adjectives (adjectives that describe the same noun). If you can add “and” between them, they’re usually coordinate adjectives.
6. to separate geographical items
The Oxford or Serial Comma
Mark Cuban, the CEO, John Smith, the head of IT, Dirk Nowitzki, and the VP of Sales were in the meeting.
Correct: You’ll need to bring four things to class: homework, pencil, paper, and red pen.
Incorrect: You’ll need to bring things to class. For example: homework, pencil, paper, and red pen to class.
Hyphens and Dashes