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FC: Commas: The DOs and DON'Ts

1: Bobby Picciotti 8/29/11 Mr. Gabriele

2: The summer school was not only work intensive, but also there were a lot of activities for the children to enjoy. -The Trojan Times Incorrect, the comma should not be there | I tried to savor every moment of this downtime by playing tennis, seeing muscicals, and going to the beach. -The Trojan Times Correct | I even went to the place I was born, Texas, for a week to visit family. -The Trojan Times Incorrect, a comma is needed before "to visit family"

3: As the winter season is slowly but steadily approaching, so is the time for fun and vacationing. -The Trojan Times Correct | No red noses adorn the pretty faces of reindeer, which are more appropriatly called caribou in North America. -The Trojan Times Correct

4: The unluckiest suffered prolonged unemployment, bankruptcies, or foreclosures, which are now at 65-year highs. -Reader's Digest Correct | "Large tropical plants that can be moved inside during the winter can provide both privacy and shade," says Swietanski -House & Home Incorrect

5: If people want prestegious degrees from established institutions, then by definition they can't by them from innovators. -Popular Science Incorrect | Ornamental aluminum fencing, low-maintenance and durable, often carries a lifetime warranty for material and structure. -House & Home Correct | When Alex Gilbert was about six years old, a close realtive was diagnoced with multiple sclerosis. -Popular Science Correct

6: Without my noticing, the sky had gone from black to charcoal gray. -Popular Science Correct | Detergent washes away oil-based softeners away as if they were dirt, but these sucrose-based crystals soak in to fabrics and stick. - Popular Science Correct

7: Nothing of the grand spectacle of the living escaped my mother, yet she allowed me my own discoveries, my own burnings. -Reader's Digest Correct | "In many cases we can't remove these perturbations; but we can measure them precisely, we can assess them, and introduce corrections for them." -BBC Incorrect, the semicolon should be a comma.

8: Around the country, the notion of change has met with resistance from police officers who remain skeptical about the research and bridle at the idea that they could affect the responses of witnesses, even unintentionally, which studies find is how most influence occurs. -The New York Times Incorrect, "even unintentionally" is neccesary | Mr. Clark, who is 48 and relies on a wheelchair because of diabetes and a leg injury, was late to receive his medicines. -The New York Times Correct

9: Now, however, as government lifelines fade and a second recession seems increasingly possible, banks are finding growth constrained. -The New York Times Correct

10: It opened my eyes to the fact that America is not invincible, which was a very scary feeling. -Reader's Digest Correct | Years ago, I got to open for Jerry Seinfeld in Worcester, Massachusets. -Reader's Digest Correct | He grabbed my hand, locked eyes with me, and shook all his adrenaline into me. -Reader's Digest Correct

11: Certain items jam the sorting machinery, which causes the entire automated sorting system to shut down at some point every day. -The Ambler Gazette Correct | In addition to the increase in production in Chester County, the value of the crop in 2010-11, $365 million, was up 19 percent from the previous growing year. -The Ambler Gazette Correct

12: In addition, in today's marketplace, the acreage that once produced hay for mushroom compost is now used to grow corn, a crop used as a gasoline additive and is in high demand, Angelucci explained. -The Ambler Gazette Incorrect | Your GPS or SmartPhone is no longer just for navigation, it can save you from costly traffic tickets. -Popular Science Incorrect, this should be a semicolon

13: Brady, the former board president, became the chamber’s president two years ago when Jeffrey Vermeulen resigned after two years at the helm. -The Ambler Gazette Incorrect, a comma is needed before "when." | The GM office, tucked between an Equinox gym and Fry's Electronics, is among the newest and smallest of the automaker outposts. -Popular Science Correct

14: Though the tile is now one of the kitchens highlights, Work says it wasn't part of their original plan. -House & Home Correct | At the first clinic the opened, in Siem Reap, Cambodia, in 2005, Steve learned that when Cambodians feel depressed or anxious, they believe it's because the household gods have deserted them. -Reader's Digest Correct

15: The Zune may so far have failed to dent the iPod's market share, but it hasn't stopped pushing the boundaries of what can be done inside a pocket sized player. -Popular Science Correct | When his march wraps up, he will have trekked to 38 large citties in 30 states and touched down on all three coasts - San Diego, New Orleans, and Boston. -Reader's Digest Correct

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  • Title: The Comma
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