The Grammar GuideCommaWhen is a comma unnecessary?

When is a comma unnecessary?

When is a comma unnecessary?

Many people use a comma where they would pause naturally in a sentence. While this simple trick often works, sometimes you end up adding a comma where it is not necessary. Adding unnecessary commas into a sentence can clutter it and make it less readable.

Here is some more specific guidance on when you don't need to use a comma:

Should you follow an introductory phrase with a comma?

When should you use a comma before a coordinating conjunction?

Do I need a comma after a subordinate clause?

Do I need a comma after a participle phrase?

To avoid using unnecessary commas, make sure that you are familiar with all the rules above.

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