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Commas

Commas

Author: Dan Reade
Description:
  1.  

    Introduce commas, why they are used, and common errors associated with them.

  2.  

    Explain where to insert commas in coordinating clauses. 

  3.  

    Explain where to insert commas in lists.

  4.  

    Explain where to insert commas with introductory phrases or clauses.

  5.  

    Explain where to insert commas with direct speech.

 

This packet should help a learner seeking to understand how to use correct punctuation and who is confused about how to use commas. It will explain when to insert commas in a sentence and common errors with commas. 

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Tutorial

Basics of Commas

Commas are one of the most frequently used pieces of punctuation, so it is important to use them correctly. The follow guide will introduce commas, some of their basic uses, and one common mistake-the comma splice.

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Source: University of Leicester

Commas and Coordinating Clauses

The video below explains how to use commas to join coordinating clauses.

Source: Dan Reade

Commas And Lists

The following video discusses comma use in lists, as well as the serial comma (i.e. the comma before the final and in a list).

Source: Dan Reade

Commas with Introductory Phrases and Clauses

The following video shows how to use commas to offset introductory phrases and clauses.

Source: Dan Reade

Commas and Direct Speech

The following video shows how to use commas with direct speech (i.e. speech that uses quotation marks).

Source: Dan Reade

Conclusions

Commas are one of the most used forms of punctuations, and so are one of the most misused. However, the packet above should help you with using commas in these situations:

  • Joining Coordinating Clauses
  • Lists
  • Introductory Clauses and Phrases
  • Direct Speech

Source: Dan Reade