C enter for A cademic E xcellence SmartSlides. Comma Sense. ,. Twelve Recommendations.
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Commas can be tricky to use. Students often have a difficult time deciding when to put them in, or when to leave them out. The following recommendations will make this decision simpler, reducing the mystery to a matter of common sense.
I went to Lance’s to buy bread, butter, and milk.
James unlatched the window, looked around stealthily, then made good his escape.
It was a fine, sunny day.
The large, loping hound barked furiously.
I couldn’t see him,but I knew he was there.
He dropped his fork on the floor,so he decided to use a clean one.
Simon,however, will not be going.
You are,consequently, the prize-winner.
My mother,who lives out-of-state, still considers herself a Hoosier.
She said, “I am glad to be in Indiana.”
“I am,” she said, “so glad to be in Indiana.”
“I am glad to be in Indiana,” she said.
Oh dear, I just missed my bus.
Well, look who the cat dragged in!
In all, four houses have been sold.
Mom, is that you?
Pete, where are you?
(8) Use a comma after a person’s last name when it precedes the first name (in an alphabetical listing, for example):
Day and Year: November 11th, 1936
Month and Year: July, 1875
Day, Month,Year: Sunday, 13th March, 1960
She was born on November 11, 1875, in Frankfurt, Germany.
Dear Mr. Jones,
(11) The names of towns and states are separated with a comma:
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Marie drove to Brussels, Belgium,
When you are tempted to use a comma, ask yourself which of the Twelve Recommendations applies. If you cannot justify the use of the comma, leave it out.
PowerPoint Presentation by Mark A. Spalding, BA, MEd, MA, 2007.