NCO Primary Leadership Subjects
The comma is the most frequently used and most troublesome piece of punctuation.
Its two primary functions are to set off nonessential expressions and to separate
elements to clarify their relationship.
Read the rules for using commas in the tables that follow. Then practice applying
the rules in the exercises that follow each table.
Use a comma...
with coordinating conjunctions and
He was still undecided about issuing
but, or and nor when they join two
the order, but he knew that the attack
Sergeant Hanna was awarded the
Bronze Star Medal, and Sergeant
to separate three or more words or
phrases in a series, including the
word before the final and, .L or no.
The instructor had a clear speaking
voice, was familiar with his subject,
and held the interest.
with parallel adjectives, phrases, and
The large, gas turbine-powered tank
clauses that modify the same noun.
surged across the battlefield.
Note: If an adjective modifies
He wore rip-stop cotton BDUs. (Rip-
another adjective, do not use a
stop modifies cotton.)
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