Writing Tip Even if the rest of your sentence is perfectly good, adding commas where they should not be used will automatically lower the standard of your work. Remember! Read back every sentence you have written to make sure that any commas you have put in really should be there. Never use a comma … with a clause beginning ‘that …’: The exam results indicated, that children were improving at maths and science. The Department of Education announced, that there would be reforms to the system. between a subject and its verb Teachers with many years of experience, were beginning to leave the profession. between two subjects linked by ‘and’: The professor, and his colleagues carried out important research into primary education in the UK. in a phrase involving a group of words that belong together as a single unit: for example – between a noun or an adjective and a preposition that goes with it: There was a considerable improvement, in the performance of boys in that age group. Many in the teaching profession were enthusiastic, about the proposed changes to the curriculum. between a verb and a word or phrase that goes with it: Parents in general viewed the changes, as a positive move.
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