TITLE

Section III -- Punctuation: Your Friend the Comma

PUB. DATE
November 2003
SOURCE
Literary Cavalcade;Nov/Dec2003, Vol. 56 Issue 3, p20
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The tools of punctuation in English language are essential to help the reader most effectively ascertain the meaning. Punctuation is like a secret code used in writing to convey messages to the reader that the words themselves may not. Such messages may include when to pause, when a thought is over and a new one begins, when the writer wishes to emphasize a point; or when the point is not the writer's, but a third party's. Commas can be the trickiest of the basic tools of punctuation. Some writers use commas too often, inserting them in places they don't belong. Other writers don't use commas enough and end up confusing their readers with sentences that don't read properly. There are several appropriate situations for using commas. When a sentence includes either a list of nouns or a series of adjectives that describe a noun, a comma should be used to separate them. When two clauses are joined by a connector such as "and" or "but" to make one sentence, they should be separated by a comma preceding the connector. The connector is known as a coordinating conjunction. A comma should also be used to separate parts of a sentence that are added for color, emphasis or are verbal interjections, but are not essential. INSET: Conventional Uses of the Comma.
ACCESSION #
11152633

 

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