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    Using Punctuation: Commas to Separate Interjections

    Friday, February 11, 2011

    A comma is used to separate an interjection or a weak exclamation from the rest of the sentence.

    OK, I'll pass the latest sales figures on to the Accounting Department.

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    Constructing Sentences: Adjective Clause

    Thursday, February 10, 2011

    An adjective clause is used to modify a noun or a pronoun by answering the questions what kind? or which one?

    The person who invented the telephone would marvel at communications today.

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    Constructing Sentences: Adverb Clause

    Tuesday, February 08, 2011

    An adverb clause answers how? where? when? why? how much? or under what condition? Adverb clauses begin with a subordinating conjunction.

    When your sales staff is on the road, voice mail enables you to leave timely messages.

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    Using Punctuation: Commas Before Tag Sentences

    Monday, February 07, 2011

    A comma is used before a tag sentence, which is a short statement or question at the end of a sentence.

    You took the job, didn't you?

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    Using Punctuation: Commas to Enclose a Title

    Friday, February 04, 2011

    Commas are used to enclose initials, a title, or names that follow a surname.

    Mr. Anton Sellek, Sr., and James Matthews, Esq., will arrive at noon.
    Daly, C. U., and Herr, I. M., are not alphabetized correctly on this list.

    Note: It is also acceptable to use Jr. and Sr. without commas.

    John Kennedy Jr. had a variety of careers.

    Roman numeral suffixes are never set off by commas.

    John Williams III is the CEO.

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