Year 7, Grammar HW – Week 5: Commas

Year 7, Week 5: Commas

  • You should put commas between items in a list:

 

I hate marmite, honey, celery and blue cheese.

  • You should use them to separate two adjectives when they are describing different aspects of something:

 

She is a kind, caring mother.

  • If you open a word with However or Nevertheless, you should use a comma after them.

 

However, the boys chose to sell to the public anyway.

Nevertheless, she kept going.

  1. d) You should also use commas to separate extra information – subordinate clauses.

e.g.

When I get to school, I put on my shoes.

‘When I get to school’ depends on the rest of the sentence to make sense. It is a subordinate clause so it needs a comma.

John, who was tired, pulled into the service station.

‘Who was tired’ is a subordinate clause. It doesn’t make sense on its own but the rest of the sentence would make sense without it: John pulled into the service station. It is a subordinate clause so we use commas to separate it from the rest of the sentence.

  • We would not advise you to use a comma with connectives like and, but or so that join two sentences together. Although some grammatical systems suggest using them, in the case of connectives, they are redundant.

 

  1. e.g I am good at tennis but my brother isn’t.   There is no need to use a comma as the sentence makes clear sense without one.
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