WHEN TO USE A COMMA (,)?
Comma (,) Rules:
Use a comma to separate an introductory element from the rest of the sentence.
- As the day came to an end, the farmers set off to rest.
- Last Sunday, we had an exciting family outing.
- When John was in the first grade, he made a birthday card for his mom.
2. Place a comma after each item in a series of at least three items. Between words in a series. “notice that a comma does not follow the last word in a series.
- My grandmother prepared three kinds of salad: pasta, fruit, and vegetable.
- Clara, Jane, and Lacee are my best friends.
- I love swimming, dancing, and singing.
- The tents came in all different sizes, colors, and shapes.
3. Use a comma to separate town, city, and province in an address.
- No. 1 Cole Street
Montgomery, New York City
New York, U.S.A
4. Use a comma after a direct address in a sentence. To indicate direct address.
- Is that you, Steve?
- Nicholas, finish your work.
- This is my sister, Anna.
5. Use a comma to set off the words Yes and No.
- Yes, thank you.
- No, I don’t think so.
6. Place a comma between the day and the year in a date.
- I was born on October 23, 1981.
- January 25, 1963
7. Place comma after the salutation and the complimentary closing of a letter.
- Dear Helen,