NCO Primary Leadership Subjects
The Comma, Continued
Check your sentences with these:
Captain Jones who is my tactics instructor spoke to me. (There is only one
Captain Jones; therefore, commas are used This is a nonrestrictive clause)
The captain who spoke to me is my tactics instructor. (Since the captain
was not specifically named, the subordinate clause is needed for
identification. This is a restrictive clause.)
Sergeant Dailey, the mess steward at the consolidated mess, was late this
Private O'Lasky, a former tennis player, won the match easily.
Catherine Clymer, the guest lecturer, was presented the Defense
Information School's speaker's plaque.
Weapons carriers, armored or unarmored, are designed for rough use.
The weather, cold and foggy, had driven almost everyone indoors.
The captain, recently promoted, is experienced.
The faculty and staff are invited.
The recruits, tired and dirty, were glad when the detail was completed.
These soldiers, sharp and aggressive, can hold their own with anyone.
Field library units contain quantities of books, paperback and hardback,
for the troops.