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Section 8.2

Commas

Use commas to keep your writing clear. Omitted or incorrectly used, commas cancause confusion or even change meaning. Commas should be used with the followingelements:

Introductory elements

Coordinating conjunctions joining independentclauses

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 forguidelines on avoiding unnecessary or incorrect use of commas and placing commascorrectly.

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