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Chapter 16. Punctuation: Commas Are Our ... > The Comma: A Major Player - Pg. 159

Punctuation: Commas Are Our Friends 6. 7. 159 8. Dear Pittsburgh: Yes, and also dangerous. Our son was married in June. Five months later his wife had a 10-pound baby girl. They said the baby was premature. Tell me, can a baby this big be that early? Wondering in Walla-Walla Dear Wondering: The baby was on time, but the wedding was late. The Comma: A Major Player Punctuation helps readers identify clusters of words between and within sentences. Between sen- tences, the most common mark of punctuation is the period; within sentences, the most common mark is the comma. Commas tell us how to read and understand sentences because they tell us where to pause. A correctly placed comma helps move readers from the beginning of a sentence to the end. A mis- placed comma can create more confusion than a conversation with a teenager. Here are the guidelines that govern comma use. First Impressions Count Use a comma after introductory and concluding expressions: · Use a comma after an introductory prepositional phrase. In each sentence, the introductory phrase is underlined. Example:Along the route from the house to the woods, Hansel and Gretel left a trail of old lottery tickets.