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Comma Rules: Lesson for Kids

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Instructor: Shelley Vessels

Shelley has taught at the middle school level for 10 years and has a master's degree in teaching English.

Commas are one of the punctuation marks that make many students shudder in fear. But don't cower, students! If you take the time to learn the rules, they're easy. Be brave, and follow along!

The Comma Challenge

Commas are incredible, fascinating, and necessary. But even though they are fun to use, commas have proved to be a tricky, challenging punctuation mark for many students.

Some mistakenly believe that you just need to insert a comma where you would naturally pause as you read. While that may be right in some instances, it's not entirely true.

Comma Rules

Join us for a rundown of the most important comma rules, and you'll be a master in no time!

Use commas for items in a series of three or more items.

Many teachers may also ask you to use a comma after every item before the conjunction (and or or) at the end of the list.

Example: My favorite smoothie has bananas, strawberries, and raspberries in it.

Use a comma to separate the two independent clauses in a compound sentence. Place the comma before the conjunction.

Example: The dog chased the ball, and then it returned the ball to its owner.

Use a comma when you are speaking to a person or a group of people. Place the comma after the name.

Example: Savannah, would you like to go the new Mexican restaurant with me?

Use a comma after an introductory word or phrase.

Example: During the first week in July, the family returns to the same lake house each year.

Use a comma to set off words that interrupt the flow of thought in a sentence.

Example: The bakery, on the other hand, makes incredible cannoli.

Use a comma to divide two adjectives of equal rank that describe the same noun.

Example: The intelligent, patient chess player regularly defeats his opponents.

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