Unit 11.1

Comma

Introduction

comma is a punctuation mark used to indicate division.

Form

The comma mark is: ,

Example

  • Between question tags and yes-no responses
    • She’s very nice, isn’t she?
    • You don’t like her, do you?
    • No, thank you.
  • Between vocatives and discourse markers
    • Tell me, John, what made you do this.
    • Wow, that sounds great!
    • Well, I don’t quite agree with you
  • subordinate comment clauses put together with the main clause
    • To be honest, he shouldn’t behave like this.
    • If I may say so, you would be better off without him.
    • Nevermind, I’ve already bought some myself.

Use

Commas appear between:

  • question tags
  • yes-no responses to questions
  • vocatives
  • discourse markers
  • some subordinate comment clauses such as “to be honest” or “nevermind”, placed at the beginning or at the end of the main clause

Exercises

External link to Comma exercises (1226).




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