commas part five

Commas Part Five

Here are some additional useful rules when working with the comma.

Use a comma after the salutation of a friendly letter.

Dear Marty,
Dearest Mom,

Use a comma after the closing in a friendly or business letter.

Sincerely,
Be well,

Use a comma to separate items in dates and addresses.

She was born on January 4, 1993, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The family’s current address is 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,
Washington, DC.

Note: A comma is not needed

• between the month and the day—April 18, 2010
• between the month and the year (when no day is offered)—
January 2020

• between the state (or state’s abbreviation) and the ZIP Code—
Canton, MA 02021

• between the house or apartment number and the street—
204 Joyner Court or Apartment 6A Twelfth Street
Use a comma to separate the speaker from the speaker’s
direct quotation.
Trey remarked, ‘‘This blanket was already washed.’’
‘‘My car needs new tires,’’ Gabriella said.
Note: Place the period and comma within the closing quotation marks.
Use a comma after a mild interjection.
Oh, I didn’t realize that you were here, Nana.
Note: Use an exclamation mark after a strong interjection.
Rats! I left my wallet at the beach.

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    1. That's right.
    2. That's spot on.
    3. You've hit the nail on the head. / You've nailed it.
    4. I suppose so. (use this when you agree, but you are not completely convinced)
    5. I'm afraid you're right. (use this in response to bad news, to say the bad news is correct)
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