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Commas & Semi-Colons . By: AVI . Rule #1 for Commas. Use a comma to separate two independent clauses connected by and , but , or , nor , for . If the independent clauses are short, you may omit the comma. EXAMPLE: Bob was usually a quiet man, but he screamed upon entering the room.

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rule 1 for commas
Rule #1 for Commas
  • Use a comma to separate two independent clauses connected by and, but, or, nor, for.
  • If the independent clauses are short, you may omit the comma.

EXAMPLE: Bob was usually a quiet man, but he screamed upon entering the room.

rule 2 commas
Rule #2 Commas
  • Use a comma to separate elements in a list or series.

EXAMPLE: Bob tried to breathe, to keep from fainting, and to remember his first aid.

rule 3 for commas
Rule #3 for Commas
  • Use a comma to separate introductory phrases and clauses from an independent clause that follows, particularly if the phrase or clause is long.

EXAMPLE: After catching his breath, Bob squatted next to the man and took his pulse.

rule 1 2 for semicolons
Rule #1 & 2 for Semicolons
  • Use a semicolon to link two independent clauses.
  • Use a semicolon to separate elements in a list if the elements are long - or if the elements themselves have commas in them.

EXAMPLE(S): To give a good party, you must consider the lighting; no one feels comfortable under the bright glare of fluorescent lights.

:To get completely ready for your party, you should clean your house; make sure your old, decrepit stereo works; prepare a lot of delicious, strange food; and expect odd, antisocial, and frivolous behavior on the part of your guests.

sat questions
SAT QUESTIONS
  • Directions: Insert the sentence punctuation when necessary.

1.  The paper was clear pertinent and well written.

2.  Harry and Donna's honeymoon was just as frantic as their wedding.

3.  She won the race easily/ in fact, she set a state record.

4.  I am recalling his story I believe as accurately as I can.

5.  The last year of the twentieth century was 2000, not '99.6.  My brother-in-law an ex-lieutenant, is turning thirty-six today.

7.  All the men's tuxedos boasted fragrant carnations in their lapels.8.  I expected a package this morning; however, I waited all day for it to arrive.

9.She witnessed a crime on her street; she promptly locked her doors.

10. She won the race easily -- in fact she set a state record.