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Master the Comma

Published on Dec 11, 2015

Trouble with commas? Try to grasp these three basic rules.


Master the Comma

with 3 Basic Rules

RULE 1: Use a single comma between major parts of sentences.

For example, use a comma between

  • Two independent clauses joined with “and” or “but”
  • A dependent clause and an independent clause
  • An introductory phrase (beginning with a preposition or an –ing word) and an independent clause
  • An independent clause and an -ing phrase at the end of a sentence

RULE 2: Use commas in pairs to set off phrases, words, or clauses that interrupt the main structure of a sentence.

RULE 3: Use commas to separate items in a list.