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  • n. Separates items in a list.
  • n. Separates clauses in a sentence.
  • n. Separates coordinate adjectives.
  • n. Sets off quoted material that is the grammatical object of an active verb of speaking or writing.
  • n. Separates the year in a date.
  • n. Separates a region from a geographic place within.
  • n. Separates the surname from given name when the traditional order is the reverse.
  • n. Separates title from a name.
  • n. Marks elision.
  • n. Marks a noun or pronoun used independently when speaking to some person, place or thing.
  • n. The thousands separator used in some countries.
  • n. The decimal separator used in some countries.


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  • Argh! I hate commas; the rules are so bendy.

    October 8, 2007