Friday, October 12, 2012

The Elusive Comma (Part 4 of 7)

(This post comes from Susan Titus Osborn.)

Commas in Phrases and Clauses

When a phrase comes before the main clause of a sentence, use a comma to separate them.

* Sitting in the back, the group cheered wildly.

* During the performance, the group cheered wildly.

We usually omit the comma after short, introductory phrases.

* On Tuesday Bill was absent from class.

When a phrase separates the subject and the verb, set it off with commas.

* Bill, after picking up his assignment, went home.

Commas set off interjections and other elements that break the continuity of thought.

* On the other hand, Bill may be right.

* Yes, Bill was right after all.

Susan Titus Osborn is the director of the Christian Communicator Manuscript Critique Service. She has authored 30 books. You can reach her at susanosb@aol.com, http://www.Christiancommunicator.com/.

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