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  1. Unnecessary Commas Payton Hoover and Cassidy Rosilio

  2. Although a comma ordinarily signals a pause, not every pause calls for a comma.

  3. Commas don’t… • separate a subject and its verb or a verb and its subject • Ex: Rain at frequent intervals, can produce mosquitoes. • follow coordinating conjunctions(and, but, for, nor, or, so, or yet) • Commas immediately precede them only when the conjunctions link independent clauses. • Ex: He parked the car, and closed the garage door. (separation of compound verbs)

  4. Commas don’t… • set off restrictive (essential) clauses, phrases, or appositives • Ex: Everyone, who has a mortgage, is required to have fire insurance. • Ex: The spectators watched two skaters, dressed in identical clack uniforms, battle for the puck. • precede the first item of a series or follow the last (including the last of a series of coordinate adjectives) • Ex: She was supposed to eat lots of vegetables, such as, broccoli, peas, and green beans.

  5. Commas do… • set off words and short phrases only if they are clearly parenthetical • Parenthetical words and phrases are those that are nonessential─such as asides or interpolations. • Ex: Zoe was born, in Chicago in 1985. • Ex: Perhaps, the thermostat is not set correctly.