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Commas, to use or not to use?. English III Ms. Pledger. Use a comma to set off Appositive phrases in sentences. An appositive is a word or group of words that renames or defines a person, place, or thing in a sentence. It gives more description to the subject/noun.

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commas to use or not to use

Commas, to use or not to use?

English III

Ms. Pledger

use a comma to set off appositive phrases in sentences
Use a comma to set off Appositive phrases in sentences
  • An appositive is a word or group of words that renames or defines a person, place, or thing in a sentence. It gives more description to the subject/noun.
  • Appositives can be used to eliminate choppy sentences and make writing more economic.
example
Example

Lil Wayne is a popular artist.

Lil Wayne has a new hit song.

Lil Wayne, a popular artist, has a new hit song.

your turn
Your Turn!
  • Turn the following two sentences into one sentence that uses an appositive phrase.

Her dog is a collie.

Her dog likes children.

  • Now, create your own sentence that uses an appositive phrase.
compound sentences
Compound Sentences
  • A compound sentence contains two independent clauses joined by a coordinator.
  • Coordinators are conjunctions
  • FANBOYSForAndNorButOr

YetSo

compound sentences1
Compound Sentences
  • Chad Ochocinco is a wide receiver.
  • He plays for the New England Patriots.

How could you join these two independent clauses by using a conjunction/coordinator?FANBOYS

example1
Example
  • Police are concerned about all of the gun violence in the city, but they don’t know how to stop it.
use commas in a list
Use Commas in a list
  • Use a comma to separate items in a list EXCEPT when and is used to join the last two items: She likes football,basketball,soccer and hockey .“