Mechanics - Punctuation - Commas
Use a comma when words are omitted from parallel clausesA clause is a group of words having a subject and a verb. Source: Lesson 246 in a compound sentenceA compound sentence combines two or more independent clauses. Commas separate the clauses of a compound sentence. (A short sentence joined by and is sometimes combined without a comma.) A semicolon can take the place of the conjunction and comma. Only clauses closely related in thought should be joined to make a compound sentence. Source: Lesson 246.
Mother baked an apple pie, and Aunt Gayle, a chocolate cake.
Instructions: Place commas where they are needed.
1. Fred asked the question; Sarah the answer.
2. I like classical music; my wife country music.
3. Ann graduated from Utah State University, and Boyd Arizona State University.
4. This box has the books, and that box the recordings.
5. Stephanie told a funny story; Alaina a scary one.