Commas are really great for helping to make sentences clear, but English learners often feel unsure about where to place them.
We at TextRanch have recognized this struggle, and this is our response to it! Getting right to the point, here are five situations in which commas are needed:
1. To connect independent clauses
A comma is used to properly combine two complete sentences.
2. Between the names of a city and country
This one is simple. Always place a comma between city and country.
3. Between a date and year
Another easy one! See the example sentence just below.
(Note: This rule does not apply in British English!!!)
4. Addressing someone directly
When using someone’s name while speaking to them, add a comma right before it.
5. In a series/list of items
When dealing with a list of three or more things, punctuation is used to separate each one.
(Note: The final comma in the list is optional but recommended for clarity)
See, commas aren’t so difficult after all! Following these rules can assist you in making your writing more readable (click here for more tips!) and easier to understand.
Also, there are more than just 5 rules, which means that a follow-up to this post may be coming… Please stay tuned for that and rate/comment/share if you enjoyed the material!
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