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Section 8.2


Use commas to keep your writing clear. Omitted or incorrectly used, commas can cause confusion or even change meaning. Commas should be used with the following elements:

Introductory elements

Coordinating conjunctions joining independent clauses

Elements in a series

Coordinate modifiers

Nonrestrictive modifiers

Parenthetic elements

Elliptical constructions

Commas also have other specialized uses.

See also Superfluous Commas and Placement of Commas with other Punctuation for guidelines on avoiding unnecessary or incorrect use of commas and placing commas correctly.

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