Commas help to make a writer's meaning clear. They help the reader get the meaning from writing. This is especially true when you are using two or more adjectives to describe something.
The purpose of adjectives is to help the reader create a mental picture of the person, place, thing, or idea you are describing. If you are using two or more adjectives to create this description, you need to separate them with commas to be sure that the reader is able to form a clear picture.
One way to check for this is, if you can reverse the order of the adjectives and not change the meaning, use a comma after each adjective except for the last one.
can be written as:
without changing the meaning of the sentence!
Here are a few more examples:
In each of these examples you can switch the order of the adjectives before each noun and not change the meaning, so commas are needed after each adjective except the last one. Try it!
Careful!! Sometimes adjectives go together in a certain order to create one description. They are not separated by commas when this is the case.
In each of these cases, if you change the order of the adjectives, you would change the meaning. These adjectives work together to create a description.
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There are many other important and useful comma rules that you should know to improve your communication when you write. Follow the links below to the lessons that introduce them: