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  • 1. The Power of Commas
    By: Angela Morrill
  • 2. “Repeat after me: I do believe in commas.
    I do, I do.”
    -Jaida Jones
    Quoted from "The Shoebox Project"
  • 3. What is a comma?
    A comma is a punctuation mark that reads like a pause when speaking.
    http://cartoonstock.com/
  • 4. Why are commas important?
    "Commas Save Lives" from funnyjunk.com
  • 5. Why are commas important?
    Commas are important because:
    They help a reader know which words go together.
    Indicate what part of sentence is most important.
  • 6. February 14, 1991
    Commas in dates
  • 7. Commas in addresses
    1233 Pillow Street
    Vicksburg, Michigan 49097
  • 8. Commas in a series
    • Three or more elements
    • 9. Comma before ‘and’ is optional.
    Katy needs a pencil, a binder, and a book.
    Comma picture from fictionmatters.com
  • 10. Commas connecting independent clauses
    • Comma before the conjunction
    • 11. And, but, for, nor, yet, or, so
    Ariel wants to go shopping, but she has no money.
  • 12. Commas after introductory elements
    After many years in the movie business, he decided to quit.
    The comma can be omitted, but a comma is always correct.
  • 13. Commas for additional information
    Hogwarts, School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, is where Harry went to school.
    Hogwarts picture from Wordpress.com
  • 14. Absolute phrases and locations
    Yes, I did do my homework.
    We visited Paris, France, for my birthday.
  • 15. Commas to separate adjectives
    The dog had shiny, black, soft fur.
    picture from RKF Blogs
  • 16. Commas in quotes
    Speaker in the beginning
    Then I said, “Why would you do that?”
    Speaker in the middle
    “The cat,” she said, “was so cute!”
  • 17. Commas to express contrast
    It’s the personality that counts, not the money.
  • 18. Commas to avoid confusion
    For most tea is not great.
    For most, tea is not great.
  • 19. THE END

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