18 Differently Used Commas in One Paragraph
To separate ideas, show readers where to pause, and make meanings clear, commas are useful, such as in lists and between appropriate, awesome adjectives, as well as after transitions and introductory phrases. For a clear setup, commas come at the end of dependent clauses. If there are quotes, place your comma before the opening quotation mark, such as, "To be or not to be," and before tag questions, right? Oh, and don't forget interjections, also called exclamations. Appositives (names for or descriptions of something or someone), the ones that stand out when placed in the middle of a sentence, have commas before and after them, including interrupting information, as is this example, also including interrupting transitions, for example, "however" or "therefore." You can put a comma before "not" to show contrast, not similarity and before coordinating conjunctions, but not subordinating conjunctions when they appear in the middle of sentences, as does "when." Commas can precede definitions or afterthoughts, the former most readers might not know and the latter coming after finishing what you wanted to say. Finally, commas are placed between dates and years (June 14, 2014), cities and states (Cleveland, Ohio), and large numbers, such as 1,000,000. There, I used them all in this one 219-word paragraph, but can I use them all in one 86-word sentence?