A comma is usually unnecessary when the sentence starts with an independent clause followed by a dependent clause. Example: Let me know now if you are not sure about this. Rule 5. Use commas to set off nonessential words, clauses, and phrases (see Who, That, Which, Rule 2b).
Is it grammatically correct to put a comma before and?
The word and is a conjunction, and when a conjunction joins two independent clauses, you should use a comma with it. The proper place for the comma is before the conjunction. On Monday we’ll see the Eiffel Tower, and on Tuesday we’ll visit the Louvre.
What is it called when you dont use commas?
It’s called a comma splice (or comma fault, comma blunder, comma error, or don’t do that with a comma). (We made up that last one, sorry.) Comma splices are a subspecies of run-on sentence; a run-on sentence is when two independent clauses are joined without the correct conjunction or punctuation.
Do I overuse commas?
Although we often hear about run-on sentences and people who neglect commas, it’s also entirely possible to use far too many commas. Luckily, there’s a perfect and grammatically correct way to include commas in any piece of writing. Using our list of comma rules, it’s time to say goodbye to your unnecessary commas.
How do you avoid missing commas?
How to Avoid: Speak the sentence aloud and take note of any breaks in your speech. Insert commas when you pause or when you change gears within a sentence.
What can I use instead of a comma?
Use a semicolon to replace a comma when you use a coordinating conjunction to link independent clauses that already contain commas. In this example, using a semicolon makes it easier to read the two independent clauses on either side of the coordinating conjunction: Correct: My dog is sick.
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What is the difference between a dash and a comma?
When to Use Em Dashes
An em dash is most often used to indicate a pause in a sentence. It’s stronger than a comma, but weaker than a period or semicolon. Em dashes can also signal a sudden interruption, particularly in dialogue: “Wait!
What is the proper way to use a semicolon?
Rule. Use a semicolon between closely related independent clauses which are not joined by a coordinating conjunction. This rule means that semicolons are used between two complete sentences which are not already linked by words like and, but, or, nor, for, so, yet.
What are some examples of semicolons?
Examples of Semicolons: Joan likes eggs; Jennifer does not. The cat slept through the storm; the dog cowered under the bed. Semicolons are also used in a sentence when something stronger than a comma is needed.
What do you put after a semicolon?
When a transitional expression appears between independent clauses, the transition is preceded by a semicolon and usually followed by a comma.
2. Use a semicolon between independent clauses linked with a transitional expression.
at the same time
on the other hand
How do you use semicolons in a list?
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STEP 1 – Start writing your list.
STEP 2 – Write the first band member.
STEP 3 – Then write their instrument or role in the band…
STEP 4 – …
STEP 5 – After the semicolon name the next member.
STEP 6 – Continue listing members and roles until you have finished the list.
Should you use semicolons in a list?
Use a semicolon between items in a list or series if any of the items contain commas. Use a semicolon between independent clauses joined by a coordinating conjunction if the clauses are already punctuated with commas or if the clauses are lengthy.
Do I use a comma or semicolon for lists?
It is usual to use commas to separate the items in a list. However, when the list items themselves contain commas, you can “outrank” those commas by using semicolons as the separators for your list items.
Can you use multiple semicolons in a sentence?
Generally, no. It serves the same structural function as a period, but indicates a relationship between the two independent clauses. That kind of falls to pieces if you start stringing them together.
What 3 main things can semicolons replace?
‘ A semicolon is often used to replace a coordinating conjunction like ‘and’ or ‘but’. The sentence about Sandip could have been written like this: ‘Sandip spent three hours in the library but he couldn’t find the book he wanted.
David Nilsen is the former editor of Fourth & Sycamore. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. You can find more of his writing on his website at davidnilsenwriter.com and follow him on Twitter as @NilsenDavid.