May 11, 2017

Comma – Part II

The punctuation comma (,) is used to separate adjectives that modify the same noun. Or in other words we can say that the punctuation comma (,) is used to separate adjectives used in the predicative position in a sentence. Examples:

  • John is mean, rude and arrogant guy.
  • The evening was calm, cool and soothing.

The punctuation mark comma (,) is not used to separate the last two adjectives used in the predicative position in a statement. The last two adjectives in a series are usually separated by a conjunction like ‘and’ or ‘or’.

Usage of Comma in direct speech (when we reproduce a statement made by someone else.)


  • He looked at me and said, ‘I can no longer stand you.’
  • ‘I can no longer stand you,’ said he, looking at me.

It is clear from above mentioned examples that the punctuation mark comma (,) is used to separate the  reporting verb and a piece of direct speech. In the first example ‘I can no longer stand youis the reporting verb. In second example said he, looking at me’ is the reporting verb.

Comma is used when the first word of a sentence is ‘Yes’ or ‘No.’ Examples:

  • No, I don’t like to watch movies
  • Yes, I like to watch movies.

Comma is used to separate each part of an address. Example:

  • Glenn Mcdermott, B-903, Trump Tower, Link Road, Central Avenue, Sydney, 123456, Australia.

Comma is used right after the introductory verb. Example:

  • Exactly, he should have gone to meet her in the first place.
  • Finally, Justin Bieber arrived in Mumbai to a warm welcome.
  • Of course, I will have it.