Use a comma

to separate words, phrases, or clauses in a series (at least three items) in a quotation, to set off the exact words of a speaker from the rest of the sentence after the greeting and closing in an informal letter to separate the month and day from the year in a date to separate the names of a city and state in an address to separate a noun of direct address from the rest of the sentence to separate an interjection or weak exclamation from the rest of the sentence two separate two or more adjectives which modify the same noun to separate an appositive or other explanatory phrase from the rest of the sentence to enclose a title, name, or initials which follow a person’s last name between two independent clauses joined by such words as: but, or, for, so, yet to separate a modifying phrase from the independent clause which follows it. to punctuate nonrestrictive phrases to separate digits in a number to set apart of hundreds, thousands, millions, etc. when the sentence includes a question that is part of the same sentence. whenever necessary to make the meaning clear

Examples: India, Spain, Mexico, and Italy are my favorite places to visit. “Call me”, he said. Dear Mary, >>>> Sincerely yours, Saturday, December 26, 2009 I told you she lives at 222 Baker Street, Atlanta, Georgia. Don’t you see, Tim, I will always love you. Oh, I love your dress! Do you know that little, old lady? Jimmy, my best friend, is late. Francis Smith, Jr., arrived yesterday. I love chocolate, but I know is bad for me. If they can help you solve your problem, you need to move on with your life. She just won 1,000 bubble gums. I have wondered for a long time, How did I get in this mess?

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