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Using a Comma for Contrast or Effect

Purdue says, “Use a comma near the end of a sentence to separate contrasted coordinate elements…” Like so many definitions, this one needs some explanation for it to actually make sense. As covered in More than One Adjective–Comma or

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More Than One Adjective–Comma or No Comma?

We’ve all done it. The only place your characters can take refuge is in a spooky old house. Or is it a spooky, old house? Dang, what was that rule again? Fear not. I’m here to explain it for you.

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