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Notes over Comma Usage
The Lady Braves are talented, respected, and special.
The Braves raced down the court, defended their goal, and made every basket.
Bobby hit the ball into left field and raced to first base.
(No comma is needed because there’s not two complete sentences.)
Bobby hit the ball into left field, and then he raced to first base.
(A comma is needed because there’s two complete sentences.)
Example: Well, I think we’ll have tacos for dinner tonight.
Example: After the homecoming pep rally, we all went to Pizza Hut.
Example: Sitting in the sun by the pond, the toad lazily caught insects.
Example: Because you are so smart, you should do well on your test.
On December 25, 1777, Captain Cook landed on Christmas Island.
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Common parenthetical expressions: after all, at any rate, by the way, consequently, however, for example, for instance, generally speaking, I believe (guess, hope, know), in fact, in my opinion, of course, on the contrary, on the other hand, moreover, nevertheless, to tell the truth (NOTE: Generally avoid using parenthetical expressions in your writing but if you DO use them, please use commas to separate them from the rest of your sentence.)
Example: Mom, what’s for dinner?
Mr. Lawrence, a graduate of Texas A&M, is our superintendent.
Have you ever been to Austin, the capital of Texas?
My brother Robert lives in Austin.
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