Unit 11.1


Comma

INTRODUCTION

A comma is a punctuation mark used for indicating division.

FORM

When main clauses are separated by: ‘and’, ‘or’, ‘but’, there is:

  1. no comma if the clauses have the same subject
  2. a comma if the clauses have different subjects

EXAMPLE

  1. No comma if the clauses have the same subject
    • Monica went to church and prayed.
    • I will do the shopping for my grandmother or cook something for her.
    • I was afraid to do a bungee jump but I did it anyway.
  2. A comma if the clauses have different subjects
    • Monica went to church, and John stayed at home.
    • I will do the shopping for my grandmother, or someone else will help her.
    • I was afraid to do a bungee jump, but my boyfriend convinced me to do it.

USE

We use a comma when main clauses are separated by ‘and’, ‘or’, ‘but’ and have different subjects.

License

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