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The Comma
Teachers tell us commas allow us to pause for breath. This is not always true.These are the four most common ways to use commas.1. To list wordsExample: We need cheese, bread, coffee and biscuits.2. To distinguish a name from the rest of the sentenceExample: Tell me, Holly, why you were early today.3. To enclose additional thoughtsExample: He was, without doubt, the worst boyfriend my daughter ever had.4.To separate adjectivesExample: Sipho’s beautiful, snobbish, dangerous girlfriend.If the adjectives are separate descriptions for an object/person, you do need commas. However, a list of adjectives does not always require commas if the adjectives are part of the same object.Example: Sarah’s blue silk skirt. 
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The Comma

Teachers tell us commas allow us to pause for breath. This is not always true.
These are the four most common ways to use commas.

1. To list words
Example: We need cheese, bread, coffee and biscuits.

2. To distinguish a name from the rest of the sentence
Example: Tell me, Holly, why you were early today.

3. To enclose additional thoughts
Example: He was, without doubt, the worst boyfriend my daughter ever had.

4.To separate adjectives
Example: Sipho’s beautiful, snobbish, dangerous girlfriend.
If the adjectives are separate descriptions for an object/person, you do need commas. However, a list of adjectives does not always require commas if the adjectives are part of the same object.
Example: Sarah’s blue silk skirt. 

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