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The Power of the Comma


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The Power of the Comma

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