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Comma rules?

I used to have to memorize comma rules. I can only remember some of them:

1. Use a comma to separate an introductory word from the rest of the sentence: Home, it's where I want to be.

2. Use a comma to separate subordinate clauses. (You know, clauses that begin with after, although, as, as if, as long as, as soon as, if, in order that, since, so that, unless, until, when, whenever, where, wherever, while).

3. Use a comma to separate independent clauses joined (by? with?) a conjunction.

4. Use a comma to separate dates or locations from the rest of the sentence.

5. Use a comma to separate two independent adjectives.

6. Use a comma to indicate vocative.

7. (seems to be optional) Use a comma to separate introductory prepositional phrases from the rest of the sentence.

8. Use a comma to separate items in a series.

9. Use a comma to separate parenthetical (non-essential) phrases from the sentence.

10. Use a comma to separate an a coordinating conjunction from the rest of the independent clause.

I'm forgetting loads more than I remember. What are your favorites?

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N in azaleas

September 2009

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