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Writing (97)
0007 Standard Use of Verbs
0008 Standard Use of Pronouns
0009 Modifiers - Adverbs, Adjectives, Prepositional Phrases
0010 How Language Varies According to Context
0011 Sentence Structure: Fragments and Run-ons
0012 Standard Use of Punctuation
0013 Standard Use of Capitalization
0014 Standard Use of Spelling
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0015 Prepare a Developed Composition

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0012 Identify the Standard Use of Punctuation

Recognizing Instances in which Necessary Punctuation has been Omitted and Identifying Instances in which Incorrect or Extraneous Punctuation has Been Used

Use a comma in the following situations:

  • Between independent clauses joined by coordinating conjunctions (and, but, or, nor, for, so)

    Example: We wanted to see the show, but we didn’t get there on time.

  • Between introductory elements and the rest of the sentence

    Example: After I graduate from college, I plan to go to graduate school.

  • Between items in a series

    Example: A good teacher is well organized, knowledgeable, and interested in students.

  • To set off explanatory or parenthetical parts of a sentence

    Example: The meeting, for your information, will begin at 9:00 a.m.

  • Between addresses and dates and the rest of the sentence

    Example: He vacationed at the White Pine Hotel, 98 Ashland Street, Radford, Virginia, in May, 1987.

  • To separate a direct quotation from the rest of the sentence

    Example: “Call the police,” she screamed, “and tell them to come quickly!”

  • Between contrasting parts of a sentence

    Example: It was John, not Harry, who paid for our dinner.

  • Between nonrestrictive words, phrases, and clauses and the rest of the sentence.

    Example: She is as tall as, though two years younger than, her brother.