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Usually, you wouldn’t use a comma after “but” at the start of a sentence. Because of their short length, coordinating conjunctions, such as “but” or “and,” naturally flow quickly into the…read more
Both of these examples involve one of the most complicated comma uses: the appendage comma with nonrestrictives. Short answer: If you have only one cousin (or only one aunt), put commas around that person’s name. If, however, you have more than one cousin…read more
Forget “use a comma before quoted material.” Please? It’s too simplistic. We learned it in middle school when sentences were simple. But now that we’ve graduated to a complex, compound sentence world,…read more
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