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Chapter 16. Punctuation: Commas Are Our ... > The Comma: A Major Player - Pg. 160

Punctuation: Commas Are Our Friends 160 Example:Windows, as you know, is the best $89 solitaire game you can buy. · Use a comma to set off words of direct address (words that tell to whom a remark is addressed). The words in direct address are underlined in the following example. Example:Mr. Happy, did you know that "kitty litter" is throwing cats out a car window? · Use a comma with names and titles. Example:Mr. Gary Goldstein, Editor · Use a comma to set off words in apposition (words that give additional information about the preceding or following word or expression). The words in apposition are underlined in the fol- lowing examples. Example:A light sleeper, my landlord is the first to awake when he hears the chains rattle. Example:My landlord, a light sleeper, is the first to awake when he hears the chains rattle. · Use a comma to set off a nonessential clause (a clause that can be omitted without changing the sentence's basic meaning). The nonessential clause in underlined in the following example. Example:Philosophy, a science that lets us be unhappy more intelligently, is being offered this semester at the local university. · Use a comma to separate items in a series. Example:We bought marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate to make those delicious campfire treats. You Could Look It Up