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Independent Clauses &: Commas



A comma is used to join 2 independent clauses, a joining word is used between, the 2 sentences. The seven joining words are: but, nor, and, or, then, if, yet.

When 2 independent clauses are joined together this is called a compound sentence. A comma is place before the joining word.

Examples:

  • I like to play on the computer, but I have homework to do.
  • I have to go to the store, and I have to go to library.
  • Are you going to be home for dinner, or are you going to eat out tonight?

Linking words do not always join to independent clauses.

Examples:

  • I like to play on the computer, but prefer to watch TV.
  • I have to go to the store, and maybe the library too.
  • Are you going to be home for dinner or eating out?

Comma Usage

Apostrophe "'s" To Show Possession

Comma Usage - Lists

Comma Usage - Independent Clauses

Independent and Dependent Clauses

Nonessential Clauses-Commas

The Difference between Clauses or Phrases

Introductory Phrases, Clauses and Words with Commas

Commas Usage With Titles, Dates & Addresses

Independent Clauses &: Dependent/Subordinate

Introductory Phrases & Commas