Commas Part One
Below is an important comma rule.
James enjoys playing tennis, soccer, and basketball. (words in a series)
The troop traveled into the mountains, across the plains, and along
the river. (phrases in a series)
The car dealer made sure that the purchaserís car was clean, that the
license plates were ready, and that the ownership papers had been
signed. (clauses in a series)
Note: If all the items in a series are joined by and, or, or nor, commas are
The chefís exquisite dishes include filet mignon and roast beef
Note: If the conjunction and joins words that constitute a unit, team, or
such, do not separate that name. Yet, you will still need the commas to
separate items in a series.
Peanut butter and jelly, ham and eggs, and spaghetti and meatballs
are the childrenís favorite foods.
Note: Some writers choose not to include the final comma in a series if
by leaving the comma out, the meaning is still clear.
Our social studies class members studied the Korean War, the Civil
War, World War I and World War II. (It is clear that the social
studies students studied four wars.)
My Account / Test History
Note: For boys, the period between 14-17 approximately (slightly younger for girls) is called adolescence, i.e. you are an adolescent. In law you are an adult at the age of 18, but many people think of you as an adult when you leave school.
Childhood and adolescence
Sam (on the right) was born in Scotland but when he was two, his father got a new job in London and he grew up in the south of England He went to university at 18 where he ...
... where he met Anthea. He went out with her (= she was his girlfriend; he was her boyfriend) for three years, but towards the end they had lots of rows (= arguments) and they split up (= broke up / separated). In his mid twenties ...
... in his mid twenties he met Maureen. They fell in love and got married within six months.
A year later she got pregnant and they had their first child, a boy. As you can see, she is now expecting their second child (to be pregnant = to be expecting a baby). But sadly Sam met another woman and he left Maureen two months ago to live with the other woman.