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  1. Comma Rules Salem High School Ray W. Moore

  2. Use a comma and a coordinate conjunction to form a compound sentence. Comma Rule #1 Suzy walked to school but it was not far.

  3. Use a comma after a long introductory phrase. Comma Rule #2 Without a thought for his own safety Nathan rescued the dog.

  4. Use a comma after an introductory dependent clause. Comma Rule #3 Although Alan followed the instructions he still could not fix his computer.

  5. Use commas between items in a series. Comma Rule #4 Scott bought burgers chips and a drink at the game.

  6. 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.

  7. Use a comma between coordinate adjectives. Comma Rule #5 Sally rested her arm on the thin green leather book as she thought.

  8. 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.

  9. Use commas to set off nouns of direct address. Comma Rule #6 I told you Jack that I am faster than you.

  10. Use commas to set off parenthetical elements. Comma Rule #7 Sally of course was able to start the computer herself.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Do not use commas to set off a restrictive adjective clause. Comma Rule #9 The man who is juggling is my brother.

  15. Use commas with dates. Comma Rule #10 Jeremy left for Nags Head on August 28 2000 for one last weekend at the beach.

  16. Use commas with addresses. Comma Rule #11 Majid’s family lived at 563 Linden Avenue Chicago Illinois 62931 when he was born.