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Punctuation marks are to documents as traffic signs are to roadways.

In other words, punctuation provides clarity.



Let’s take a look at key instances for using the comma:

· Use a comma to separate words or phrases in a series.

· Use a comma to separate two independent clauses joined by a conjunction (and, or, nor,

for, yet, so).

· Use a comma to set off introductory phrases.

· Use a comma to set off a nonrestrictive clause (one that can be taken out of the sentence

without changing the basic meaning) from the rest of the sentence.

· Use a comma to set off a direct quotation of fewer than 50 words.

While the trend may be to “go light on the comma,” being consistent in using the comma throughout your document is best practice.


Until next time, pick up more tips on my Facebook page or on Instagram (links on the home page).


Happy writing,


Jackie


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