Commas Part Three

Here are some additional helpful comma rules.

  • Use a comma to separate two or more adjectives that precede a noun. To
    check if a comma is needed, separate the two adjectives with the word
    and. If it sounds logical, a comma is required.

    She is an intelligent, fair leader.
    The draftee is a strong, athletic player.
    Note: In the sentence, ‘‘We were served fried green tomatoes as part of
    our meal,’’ fried is an adverb, not another adjective. Thus, a comma is
    not necessary.)

  • Use a comma to separate independent clauses joined by the conjunctions
    for, and, nor, but, or, and yet.

    The singer wanted to perform at Carnegie Hall, but her schedule
    prevented that.

    You can drive, or you can walk.

    Note: When you use the conjunctions for, so, and yet to join
    independent clauses, always use a comma before the conjunction. For
    the conjunctions and, nor, but, and or, a comma is not required as long
    as the independent clauses are relatively short, AND the sentence is
    understandable and clear without the comma.

    Our principal understood and she responded immediately.
    (no comma needed)

  • Use a comma to set off a word or words in direct address.
    Ellie, would you like us to pull you on the float again?

    This situation, Eve, is drastic.
    Will you lend a hand here, Nicky?

  • Use a comma to set off parenthetical (provides additional information
    and is loosely connected to the sentence’s content) expressions, such as,
    ‘‘I believe,’’ ‘‘For example,’’ ‘‘On the other hand,’’ ‘‘In the first place,’’
    ‘‘As a matter of fact,’’ ‘‘To tell the truth,’’ ‘‘Of course,’’ and ‘‘However.’’
    This, I believe, is the best method