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Commas with Interrupting Expressions

In addition to the items covered in Commas with Introductory Words, conjunctive adverbs are also set off by commas. Conjunctive Adverbs are adverbs which join sentence parts. The following words are the most common conjunctive adverbs: also besides furthermore however indeed instead moreover nevertheless otherwise therefore thus Correct: John headed this way; however, he did

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Commas with Nonrestrictive Modifiers

A modifying word, phrase, or clause following a noun is set off by commas if it presents information which is not essential to identify the noun or the meaning of the sentence. This is called a nonrestrictive modifier, i.e., it does not restrict the meaning of the noun or sentence. Example: Any student not sitting

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There/Their/They’re

Their is a possessive pronoun. It always describes a noun. Note the spelling of their. It comes from the word they, so the e comes before the i. There is an adverb meaning “that location.” It is sometimes used with the verb to be as an idiom. It is spelled like here which means “this

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