*COMMAS* Can someone people help me place commas where needed?  When correcting, everyone has different responses. Commas: I need to add commas where necessary. Be sure to provide me with...

*COMMAS* Can someone people help me place commas where needed?  When correcting, everyone has different responses. 

Commas: I need to add commas where necessary. Be sure to provide me with complete sentences. Thanks.

 

2. A humble woman Mother Teresa never took personal credit for her accomplishments.

 

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Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Enotes permits one answer per posting, so I have chosen to help you with the second sentence.  Here is what it should look like with a comma:

A humble woman, Mother Teresa never took personal credit for her accomplishments. 

Now, you need to understand the rule involved in the placement of that comma. 

All introductory elements, clauses, phrases, and words, require a comma after them. This helps the reader to pause for a second before moving onto the main part of the sentence.

How can you identify an introductory clause?  One way to do so is to identify the subject and verb in the sentence.  In your sentence, "Mother Teresa" is the subject, and "took" is the verb.  Anything that precedes the subject and verb is going to be an introductory element. 

Let me give you some examples:

Really, I had no idea he was so intelligent!  (Introductory word)

With no references, it is difficult for her to get a job. (Introductory phrase)

All the times we saw him, he was very well dressed. (Introductory clause)

In each of these examples, you can see that I have placed a comma after the word or words that come before the subject and verb of the sentence.  This is the rule for introductory elements, and there should be no reason for people to have different answers. 

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