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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2010 7:51 pm 
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Finding it difficult to track down some clear rules for comma use to go over with my 9 yr old. We are ok on using them for lists but need some info for other uses.

Also I thought you didn't use commas immed before or after and but one of the Nfer papers seems to think a comma before and is ok. Any opinions on this?


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http://www.informatics.sussex.ac.uk/dep ... ode09.html

any use??


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I was always taught that the bit in commas could be taken out of the sentence and the sentence would still make sense eg:

"It was decided, quite quickly, that we should go on a picnic."

Hope this helps - very happy to be corrected if this is no longer the case - it was centuries ago that I learned this!!

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Wizard, yes you can use a comma before 'and' in some instances, it's called an 'Oxford comma' and it's two most common usages are a) in a list to avoid ambiguity and b) particularly in poetry or drama where the addition of a comma more closely matches the cadences of the sentence were it being spoken rather than written.

However in English the default position is not to have a comma unless it feels/sounds necessary.

HTH,
Rob


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yoyo123 wrote:
http://www.informatics.sussex.ac.uk/department/docs/punctuation/node09.html

any use??


Yes, thanks. :) We will be using some of that to supplement KS2 punctuation in our 11+ spot the mistakes quest.

steve


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Thanks for your answers and links on commas - much appreciated


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