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Commas (continued)

Rules to Live by


Rule # 4: Use commas to set off an expression that interrupts a sentence. Examples:
Naturally, we expect to win. Mrs. Fields, our neighbor, is a good baker. My answer is correct, I think.

Rule # 5: Use commas to set off nonessential participial phrases and nonessential subordinate clauses Examples:
My sister, listening to her radio, did not hear me. The Wizard of Oz, which I saw again last night, Oz, is my favorite movie.

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A bowl made by Maria Martinez is a collector s item. The man who tells Navajo folk tales is Mr. Platero. The dress that I liked has been sold.

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A bowl, made by Maria Martinez, is a bowl, Martinez, collector s item. The man, who tells Navajo folk tales, man, tales, is Mr. Platero. The dress that I liked has been sold.

Without the nonessential clauses and phrases




A bowl is a collector s item. The man is Mr. Platero. The dress has been sold.

Rules to Live by


Rule 6: Use commas to set off nonessential appositives and nonessential appositive phrases. Examples:
My oldest sister, Brittany, will be at cheerleading tonight. My dog, Wrigley, ate all of his food in a flash.

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Open your grammar books to page 608608-609 and try Exercise 5 (1-10) in (1your notebooks.