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Using Commas


The Parenthetical Comma

The parenthetical comma, as its name implies, is used to enclose thoughts that could be enclosed in parentheses. Such thoughts are usually interjections or interruptions to a sentence.

Examples:

• The man was, as you know, fired from his last four jobs.
• The equipment, in the meantime, sat idle and became rusty.
• We did not, however, forget that you were interested in taking over the project.

Notice that parenthetical commas can be used to enclose interruptions that are single words (such as however) and phrases (such as in the meantime).

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