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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Fun with Commas Part 2: Rules to Memorize

Happy Writer Wednesday!

I have a few more comma rules for you this week, and then next week we'll take a break from them for a bit and focus on something else.

1. Use a comma to separate two or more coordinating adjectives when they are used to describe the same noun. Don't use one if the adjectives aren't coordinating. For instance: The artist painted in bright, bold colors. The green brick house was hard to miss.

2. Use a comma to set apart free modified at the beginning or end of a sentence. Laughing loudly, I looked up at the sky. I looked up at the sky, laughing loudly.

3. Use a comma to indicate a pause or a contrasted element. She looked sad, almost broken. His voice was shrill, not pleasant.

4. Use a comma to differentiate between dialogue or quotations. "You can try," he said with a grin, "but you won't win."

See? Easy peasy. Just kidding. Commas can be a pain, but remember to stick to the rules, and you'll do just fine! :)

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