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Punctuation – some comma (,) uses

Here are 2 main ways to use the comma:

1. to separate 3 or more things in a series, including the last two.

“Ed drove through Toronto, Brampton, and Orangeville on his way to go skiing”

“My favorite foods are salmon, mangoes, and macaroni and cheese.” *

* This example shows why we should use a comma before ‘and ‘…the last item in the list could be 1 thing/item that is made up of 2 or more parts (peanut butter and jam, chips and dip, spaghetti and meatballs…)

2. We use a comma + conjunction (and, but, for, nor, yet, or, so) to connect 2 clauses:

“I saved money all year, but still could not afford the new car.”

“Pat worked hard, yet she still lost her job.”

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