When you write a sentance, say it out loud. When you would pause speaking it, put a comma. think of the sentance without commas as reading it like this - momiwalkedthedog. Then, with commas- mom, i walked the dog! Commas are also used when listing several things, instead of using and. You shouldnt use more than two ands in one sentance, dont go "i walked the dog and the cat and the bird and the pig." You should just put " i walked the dog , the cat, the bird, and the pig" hope this helps. ^^
Just when there is a pause. Eg: 'my mum went to the beach, she got so sandy that we wouldn't let her inside the house!'. It's when something is still part of the sentence so you can't use a full stop, but it makes the sentence too long if there is no pause. There is a rhythm to writing and talking. Next time you are talking to somebody, try and catch when they pause for a millisecond- that would be when the comma is used.
You use it in a list, like matty gave you, and you also use it to break up a sentence... When you're reading, think of when you take a pause in the reading. A semi-colon has a very specific use, if you don't know how to use it, it is generally best that you dont... Either that, or go to your tutoring center and get a lesson.
When you are giving a list: apples, grapes, and more fruit When you say the same word more than once: I am very, very tired When you pause, as if youre reading: When I got home I ran straight to the bedroom, kicked off my shoes, and fell into bed. Between compound predicates: (see above sentence)
Semicolon are used to separate two ideas or thoughts that have to do with each other, instead of using a period. I went to the store with my mother yesterday; she promised that we'd get cupcakes but the store didn't have any. True story :P
I think I over use commas, but you can use them when you need to pause in a sentence. Or if your listing off things you can use commas in between to seperate them such as Matty has put in an example for you.
I don't know my way around programming, but I'll take your word for it :P I enjoyed looking at the View Source thing though, thanks for that. Learned something new. Also a true story.
thats a semicolon and its used mainly for ending an instruction..
fior instance if you right click this page and select 'view page source' youll see hundreds of them ;)
I see a coma is a separation or listing stuff..and i get what a semicolon is.. anything i need to know about grammar lol
a comma is a pause in a sentence or a separation...
i went to the shop and bought some fish, chips and mushy peas.
Right there, it's used to replace the word "and," which is another purpose it hasn't been mentioned for yet.
i am getting it:) do they use a comma after a date..like 1967..or a comma after a person name
like how do u know when to put a comma next to the word..
but its mainly used to end an instruction.. true story.
lol do u know when to use this ;
it did thanksssssss
thanks both of u:)