Comma Rules Salem High School Ray W. Moore
Use a comma and a coordinate conjunction to form a compound sentence. Comma Rule #1 Suzy walked to school but it was not far.
Use a comma after a long introductory phrase. Comma Rule #2 Without a thought for his own safety Nathan rescued the dog.
Use a comma after an introductory dependent clause. Comma Rule #3 Although Alan followed the instructions he still could not fix his computer.
Use commas between items in a series. Comma Rule #4 Scott bought burgers chips and a drink at the game.
Although the comma before the conjunction is usually optional, it must be present if the items contain more than one word. Comma Rule #4 B Scott bought a burger with onions Cool Ranch Doritos and a cherry slurpy.
Use a comma between coordinate adjectives. Comma Rule #5 Sally rested her arm on the thin green leather book as she thought.
Do not use commas in front of a common usage. Comma Rule #5 B The agile speedy baseball player scooped up the grounder to short.
Use commas to set off nouns of direct address. Comma Rule #6 I told you Jack that I am faster than you.
Use commas to set off parenthetical elements. Comma Rule #7 Sally of course was able to start the computer herself.
Use commas to set off a non-restrictive appositive. Comma Rule #8 Mr. Ingerson our world history teacher often must act as an umpire in departmental meetings.
Do not use commas to set off a restrictive appositive. Comma Rule #8B The novel To Kill a Mockingbird was the only book ever published by author Harper Lee.
Use commas to set off a non-restrictive adjective clause. Comma Rule #9 To Kill a Mockingbird which was written by Harper Lee is the only book she ever published.
Do not use commas to set off a restrictive adjective clause. Comma Rule #9 The man who is juggling is my brother.
Use commas with dates. Comma Rule #10 Jeremy left for Nags Head on August 28 2000 for one last weekend at the beach.
Use commas with addresses. Comma Rule #11 Majid’s family lived at 563 Linden Avenue Chicago Illinois 62931 when he was born.