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Punctuation rules can confuse the best of us. When do we use semicolons? What are the rules for commas? When do we use apostrophes and quotation marks? Use this guide to help you! But first...why are punctuation rules so confusing? Watch the video to find out!
Commas show your reader that there is a pause in the sentence they are reading. It seems as if commas have more punctuation rules than any other form of punctuation. I've narrowed it down to eight rules for you.
My sister had a ballet performance, and my brother had an orchestra concert.
8. Commas Setting Off Nonrestrictive (Nonessential) Elements
Nonrestrictive elements add information to the sentence, but they are not essential to the meaning of the sentence. We could remove them, and the sentence would still make sense. You can read more about this on the appositives page.
My sister, a French teacher, lived in France for two years.
Our homework tonight is to read Chapter 6, "The Lovely Rose Garden."
Sydney sang "The Star Spangled Banner" at the football game.
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