Commas, to use or not to use? English III Ms. Pledger
Use a comma to set off Appositive phrases in sentences • An appositive is a word or group of words that renames or defines a person, place, or thing in a sentence. It gives more description to the subject/noun. • Appositives can be used to eliminate choppy sentences and make writing more economic.
Example Lil Wayne is a popular artist. Lil Wayne has a new hit song. Lil Wayne, a popular artist, has a new hit song.
Your Turn! • Turn the following two sentences into one sentence that uses an appositive phrase. Her dog is a collie. Her dog likes children. • Now, create your own sentence that uses an appositive phrase.
Compound Sentences • A compound sentence contains two independent clauses joined by a coordinator. • Coordinators are conjunctions • FANBOYSForAndNorButOr YetSo
Compound Sentences • Chad Ochocinco is a wide receiver. • He plays for the New England Patriots. How could you join these two independent clauses by using a conjunction/coordinator?FANBOYS
Chad Ochocinco is a wide receiver, and he plays for the New England Patriots.
Example • Police are concerned about all of the gun violence in the city, but they don’t know how to stop it.
Use Commas in a list • Use a comma to separate items in a list EXCEPT when and is used to join the last two items: She likes football,basketball,soccer and hockey .“