Don't Let Errors Ruin Your Submission, Pt 3 Commas
Before I continue the Don't Let Errors Ruin Your Submission series, I wanted to share some
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I say "can" because there will always be the exception to the rule. Counting on being the exception to the rule is NOT a good idea. You need to clean up your submission.
Don't let errors ruin your submission's chances!
If you've missed the first two posts in this series, never fear!
Part 1: an overview of the top 11 grammar rules to follow
Part 2: a look at compound sentences and punctuation
Today, we're going to explore commas used with dependent clauses.
Here are the rules (#'s 2, 3,& 4 from Part 1) we want to break down:
- Use commas to bracket nonrestrictive phrases, which are not essential to the sentence's meaning.
- Do not use commas to bracket phrases that are essential to a sentence's meaning.
- When beginning a sentence with an introductory phrase or an introductory (dependent) clause, include a comma
- Dependent Clause: a phrase that does not make a complete sentence by itself
- Nonrestrictive phrase: dependent clause that contributes to the context of the sentence but is not essential to the sentence's meaning
- Introductory phrase: dependent clause that appears at the beginning of the sentence prior to the subject
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