The Three Most Common Comma Rules

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The Three Most Common Comma Rules

While there are many specific uses for commas, nearly eighty-five percent of the commas used in written English are used in a mere three situations.

If you know the basic rule for these three cases, you can use commas in over four-fifths of the times you need to use commas.

1. Put a comma before a coordinating conjunction that separates two independent clauses.

2. Put a comma after introductory words, phrases, or clauses in a sentence.

3. Use commas to set off elements that interrupt or add information in a sentence.

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