🏁 When you’ve got more than one thing to say in a sentence, you probably need to use commas to separate them into two or more parts.
Which sentence is easier to read?
I wanted to see Man Utd play against Man City even though I’m not from Manchester.
I wanted to see Man Utd play against Man City, even though I’m not from Manchester.
Is the second sentence easier to read, because it has a comma half way through? That’s why using them helps.
Here are some more examples of when to use commas:
1 The goal was, unfortunately, disallowed.
2 The goal, which had been scored by an offside player, was disallowed.
3 The goal was disallowed, wasn’t it?
4 The match was played on April 7th, 2018.
5 The goalscorer was young, talented, gifted and fast.
6 The player was good in midfield, but she was even better as a striker.
7 Having tackled two defenders, Kane scored a brilliant goal.
8 Yes, it was a great goal from Messi!
📲 💻You can use this link to a Google Form so you can test you’ve got it.
🔆 If you feel sorted with these different ways to use commas, go to Skill 13.
🛠 If you’d like more practise and advice, read on.
You also use commas in speech. We’ll cover this more later, but here are a few more examples:
9 The manager said, ‘That was a great goal.’
10 ‘It was a great goal,’ said the manager.
11 ‘It was a great goal,’ said the manager, ‘but I wish he’d scored another one before the final whistle.’
12 ‘It was a great goal,’ said the manager. ‘If only he’d had time to score another one before the final whistle!’
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🎓 If you’d like a more in-depth look at commas, you can click here and go to a special extra section. Don’t worry though- you don’t need to read this section if you’re happy with when to use commas!