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Commas

  1. 1. Punctuation Commas
  2. 2. Lists • Use a comma to separate things in a list. – I want to spend some time eating pizza, drinking orange juice and playing football. In Australia and England we only If there is an and/but/or in the use a comma in a list to replace sentence we don’t tend to use and/but/or. the comma before it In the USA and Canada there is the practice of including a comma before the last thing in the list, even if there is an and/but/or in the sentence. Even though I will mark both as correct, I prefer the Australian way. –I want to spend some time eating pizza, drinking orange juice, and playing football.
  3. 3. Introductory Phrases • Commas are often used to separate introductory phrases. – Suddenly, the bomb exploded. – Quickly, Bill ran for the window. – With shaking hands, he opened the latch and climbed out. – Scrambling rapidly, Bill scaled down the wall of the house. It is easy to recognise ‘introductory phrases’. If you took them out of the sentence, the sentence would still make sense.
  4. 4. See? – The bomb exploded. – Bill ran for the window. – He opened the latch and climbed out. – Bill scaled down the wall of the house. These all make sense without the introductory phrase.
  5. 5. Adjective Lists • It was a dark, damp, desperate day. • Bill felt his bruised, battered and buffeted body fly out the door. • The need for perfect, concise comma use is important for English students. Adjectives are describing words. If you have one straight after another, put a comma in.
  6. 6. Complete these Exercises Commas

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