Commas | English Writing Essentials

8 Comma Rules

Learn about 8 basic comma rules for writing in English. Learn how to use commas, explain each of these rules, and see several examples. Get in-depth explanations and then a practice session for each rule.  Commas are used in English to set off nonessential phrases, clauses, and words.  A comma can be used to set off a list that is already in a sentence.  For example, I have many favorite things: ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, hot showers, and fluffy slippers.

How to Use the Serial Comma (Oxford Comma)

What is the serial or Oxford comma? In this lesson, you’ll learn how to use the serial comma when writing in English. There is much debate on whether or not the Oxford comma is necessary, but you’ll see why the Oxford comma is important. It can help clear up ambiguity in sentences and prevent a lot of confusion. In this lesson, you’ll learn what the serial/Oxford comma is, how to use it, whether or not it is required, and how exactly it can clear up confusion. At the end of the lesson, we’ll have a practice session where you add in the serial comma in several sentences.