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Prepositional Phrases

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Comma rules


Use a comma to separate the elements in a series (three or more things), including the last two. "He hit the ball, dropped the bat, and ran to first base."

Use a comma + a little conjunction (and, but, for, nor, yet, or, so) to connect two independent clauses, as in "He hit the ball well, but he ran toward third base."
==Coordinating Conjunctions==
The simple, little conjunctions are called coordinating conjunctions (you can click on the words to see specific descriptions of each one):

Coordinating Conjunctions

(It may help you remember these conjunctions by recalling that they all have fewer than four letters. Also, remember the acronym FANBOYS: For-And-Nor-But-Or-Yet-So. Be careful of the words then and now; neither is a coordinating conjunction, so what we say about coordinating conjunctions' roles in a sentence and punctuation does not apply to those two words.)


Use a comma to set off introductory elements, as in "Running toward third base, he suddenly realized how stupid he looked."

Use a comma to set off parenthetical elements, as in "The Founders Bridge, which spans the Connecticut River, is falling down." By "parenthetical element," we mean a part of a sentence that can be removed without changing the essential meaning of that sentence. The parenthetical element is sometimes called "added information." This is the most difficult rule in punctuation because it is sometimes unclear what is "added" or "parenthetical" and what is essential to the meaning of a sentence.
**Appositives** are almost always treated as parenthetical elements.
  • Calhoun's ambition, to become a goalie in professional soccer, is within his reach.
  • Eleanor, his wife of thirty years, suddenly decided to open her own business.


Use a comma to separate coordinate adjectives. You could think of this as "That tall, distinguished, good looking fellow" rule (as opposed to "the little old lady"). If you can put an and or a but between the adjectives, a comma will probably belong there. For instance, you could say, "He is a tall and distinguished fellow" or "I live in a very old and run-down house." So you would write, "He is a tall, distinguished man" and "I live in a very old, run-down house." But you would probably not say, "She is a little and old lady," or "I live in a little and purple house," so commas would not appear between little and old or between little and purple.


Use a comma to set off quoted elements.
  • "I should like to buy an egg, please," she said timidly.

Typographical Reasons:
Between a city and a state [Hartford, Connecticut]
a date and the year [June 15, 1997]
a name and a title when the title comes after the name [Bob Downey, Professor of English], in long numbers [5,456,783 and $14,682], etc. Although you will often see a comma between a name and suffix — Bob Downey, Jr., Richard Harrison, III — this comma is no longer regarded as necessary by most copy editors, and some individuals — such as Martin Luther King Jr. — never used a comma there at all.
Note that we use a comma or a set of commas to make the year parenthetical when the date of the month is included:
  • July 4, 1776, is regarded as the birth date of American liberty.
Without the date itself, however, the comma disappears:
  • July 1776 was one of the most eventful months in our history.
In international or military format, no commas are used:

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Confused Words
affect vs effect
all together vs altogether
capital vs capitol
complement vs compliment
coarse vs course
sit vs set
principal vs. principle
loose vs lose
passed vs past


Verbals Jeopardy

Pronoun Antecedent Agreement

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Chapter 1
Pronoun definition
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Chapter 2
Types of pronouns

Chapter 3
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Chapter 4
Correct usage of pronouns

Chapter 5
Pronoun antecedent rules

Chapter 6
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Chapter 7
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Who or whom

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Subject Verb agreement

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More confused words
like vs as though
leave vs let
fewer or less
among or between
discover vs invented
bring or take
a or an