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13 Ways You're Misusing Commas

Misusing Commas

1. Use a comma before any coordinating conjunction that links two independent clauses. (And, But, For, Or, Nor, So, Yet)

Ex - "I went running, and i saw a duck."

2. Use a comma after a dependent clause that starts a sentence.

Ex - "When i went running, i saw a duck."

3. use commas to offset appositives from the rest of the sentence.

Ex - "A mallard, a kind of duck, attacked me."

4. Use commas to separate items in a series.

Ex - I saw a duck, a magician, and a liquor store when i went running."

5. Use a comma after introductory adverbs.

Ex - Unsurprisingly, i saw a duck when i went running."

6. Use a comma when attributing quotes.

Ex - The duck said, "Quack!"

7. Use a comma to separate each element in an address. Also use a comma after a city state combination within a sentence.

Ex - "Cleveland, Ohio, is known for their duck population."

8. Also use a comma to separate the elements in a full date.

Ex - "Friday, January 13th, 2017, will be rubber duckie day."

9. Use a comma when the first word of the sentence is freestanding "Yes" or "No."

Ex - "Yes, the duck bit me."

10. Use a comma when directly addressing someone or something in a sentence.

Ex - "Duck, do you mind?"

11. Use a comma between two adjectives that modify the same noun.

Ex - "I saw the big, mean duck when i went running."

12. Use a comma to offset negation in a sentence.

Ex - I saw a duck, not a baby seal, when i went running."

13. Use commas before every sequence of three numbers when writing a number larger than 999.

Ex - "The duck had over 10,000 friends."