The Ten Rules of Commas
By: Kylie LeFils, Norah Aagesen, and Bella Girard
Rule Number 1
Use commas to separate three or more items in a series.
Example- I like to play soccer, softball, and basketball.
Bad Example- I like to play soccer softball and basketball.
Rule Number 2
Use commas after an introduction element
good Example- After soccer practice, I had to go to batting practice.
bad Example - After soccer practice I had to go to batting practice.
Rule Number 3
Use commas to set off traditional words or expression.
Good example- After, putting up the Christmas Tree Norah and I are going to build a huge snowman.
Bad example- After putting up the Christmas Tree Norah and I going to build a huge snowman.
Rule Number 4
Use commas before and after the flow of thought.
Example- Norah said, "Kylie is my best friend."
Bad Example- Norah said Kylie is my best friend
Rule Number 5
Use commas in addresses and date.
Good example- Bob was born on December 25, 2014
Bad example- Bob was born on December 25 2014
Rule Number 6
Use commas when writing an informational letter after the opining and closing.
Good Example- Dear Kylie,
Bad example- Dear Kylie
Rule Number 7
Use commas when direct quotation.
Good Example- Bella said, "Our project is fun to do."
Bad Example- Bella said "Our project is fun to do."
Rule Number 8
Good example- "Good morning", Billy.
Bad example- Good morning Billy.
Rule Number 9
Good example- Yes, Mom I did my homework.
Bad example- Yes mom I did my home work.
Rule Number 10
Good example- So, are you coming to my Birthday party?
Bad example- So are you coming to my Birthday party?