What are the 8 rules for commas?
- Commas (Eight Basic Uses)
- USE A COMMA TO SEPARATE INDEPENDENT CLAUSES.
- USE A COMMA AFTER AN INTRODUCTORY CLAUSE OR PHRASE.
- USE A COMMA BETWEEN ALL ITEMS IN A SERIES.
- USE COMMAS TO SET OFF NONRESTRICTIVE CLAUSES.
- USE A COMMA TO SET OFF APPOSITIVES.
- USE A COMMA TO INDICATE DIRECT ADDRESS.
How do you use commas in a series?
In a sentence, commas can be used to separate three or more words, phrases, or clauses in a series. Each item in a series has a comma placed between it and the next item. Additionally, a conjunction, such as the word ‘and,’ can be placed between the last two items in the series.
Do you need a comma when listing three things?
When there are three or more list items, then those following “US convention” should use a comma (often called an Oxford Comma) with the conjunction (usually “and” or “or”). Those following “UK convention” should not use a comma.