When Do You Use A Comma In A Sentence?

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Bobby Ramsey Profile
Bobby Ramsey answered
You place a comma before all of the following words: "and", "but", "for", "nor", "or", "neither" and "yet," when these words are being used to join two Independent Clauses into One Sentence.

A clause is a phrase which contains a subject and a verb.

A comma is needed in this example:

I mailed my application on time, but it didn't arrive until after the due date.

A comma is needed, because each phrase is an Independent Clause.

No comma is needed in the following sentence:

I am planning to shop and bake before going to the movies.

No comma is needed because "and" is being used between two verbs, shop and bake.

A comma is also used in a list of nouns. For example, a comma is used in this sentence:

He hit the ball so hard that he ran to first base, second base, third base, and home.

A comma is used because there is a list of nouns.
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Anonymous answered
You could have it with, or without a comma.  But if you don't use a comma, it would be a different sentence structure (that was an example!)  If it did have a comma, it would usually go after the comma.  If you want another example, it would be a sentence like "I would show you, but on the other hand, it might not cover every use of the word."

It would be more instructive to discuss the use of a comma in general.  See
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Anonymous answered
The above sentences are predominantly displaying the use of a comma to denote either an introductory clause or an appositive (an appositive is alternative name given to another word already used in the same sentence, examples given: "last musical"="The Music Man" or "daughter"="Beth Smith".
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Sharon answered
A comma is akin to taking a breath when speaking.  They are used to separate works that are not meant to be used together which makes a big difference.  Ex:   We saw the hog pen...We saw the hog, pen, etc.  There has to be a more educational way of presenting this answer but I'm not that smart.  After  the test let us hear from you.
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Jacquelyn Mathis Profile
Usually, a comma indicates a pause in a sentence. That's what I was taught. Hope this helps, good luck on that test.

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