Happy New Year!  Term 2 will concentrate on punctuation for our weekly Literacy Focus.  Mrs Morley has kindly begun 2017 with a bit of comma splicing.

How not to use commas:

Some people think you use commas to take a pause.

This is a myth. Full stops are used for pauses between two sentences. Like this:

Baby you’re a firework. Come and show ‘em what you’re worth.

 

Some people think you can turn two sentences into one using a comma, like this:

Baby you’re a firework, come and show ‘em what you’re worth.

This is a mistake.

 

How to correct a comma mistake:

Connectives can join sentences together:

Baby you’re a firework, so come and show ‘em what you’re worth.

 

Weaker versions of the full stop can join sentences together (semi-colons ; and colons : )

Baby you’re a firework; come and show ‘em what you’re worth.

 

Or you could shout

Baby you’re a firework! Come and show ‘em what you’re worth.

 

How to use commas correctly:

In a list

You can use commas in lists, in speech, and in complex sentences.

 

‘ing’ starts, and in speech

Sighing, I reminded them, “you can’t use a comma to take a pause anywhere you want.” tick

 

In compound and complex sentences – look for the connective!

There aren’t many ways to use a comma correctly, so be careful.tick

If you aren’t sure, use a full stop. tick

If a full stop works, it’s right! tick

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