No. Follow the usual rules:
- Use a comma after an introductory word, phrase or clause. e.g. After she wrote a chapter, she went out for a run.
- Use a comma before the conjunction that joins two independent clauses. e.g. Snake owes me 10 large, and I’m on my way to punch out his lights.
- Use a comma to separate a direct address from the rest of the sentence. e.g.“I’m telling you, Sam, I need a room to work in.”
- Use commas to separate items in a series. We know this rule from childhood. But good practice is to put a comma after the next to last in the series as well. e.g. At the gas station, I filled up my tank, paid $106.29, went into the convenience store, and bought a few things. When I left the store, I had a Twinkie, a donut, a candy bar, and ten lottery tickets.
- Use commas to set off nonrestrictive clauses from the rest of the sentence. So what is a nonrestrictive clause? If the clause were taken out of the sentence, the sentence would maintain its original meaning. My comma rule book gives this example: Several politicians, lawyers, and business leaders attended the conference, which began at 2 PM. The last clause is the nonrestrictive clause. You can take it out of the sentence and the meaning would stay the same.
A simpler rule for commas is to read your work out loud. You’ll hear the commas. Try it.
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