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  Tips for Writers by Brad Hyde (October 11, 2009)
 


The Short Clause Comma

Teachers encourage, students strive.

Although you could also say,

Teachers encourage, and students strive.

And, more formally,

Teachers encourage; students strive.

Which do you prefer? Short clauses can be separated by a comma that offers you another way to express ideas clearly.

Try writing your own two word clauses and punctuate them in each of the three different ways. Choose the one that feels the best to your ear!

 

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