Where Does The Comma Go?
A Guide For The Perplexed


NONESSENTIAL ELEMENTS
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 Rule Put a comma before and after a nonessential element.

 Test
 IF
An element can be removed without changing the basic meaning of the sentence
   THEN Put a pair of commas around the element.

Compare:


Examples With Logical Markers, Parenthetical Expressions, and Direct Address

Examples With Relative Clauses

Examples That Come At The End of a Sentence


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