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Do you know how to use commas to separate important and additional information?

By 1 November 2017Language Tips

Kid with fake mustache!

November is Movember in some areas of the world! Throughout the month, you will see people growing moustaches and making pledges to raise money for men’s health.

Initially started in by two friends from Melbourne back in 2003, The Movemeber Foundation is now one of the most recognisable organisations in men’s health.

To help raise awareness for The Movember Foundation, we would do a November themed preparation article! Take a look at the sentence below and read about the comma rule we used to create it!

‘The Movember Foundation, a charity which focuses on men’s health, was started in 2003 by two friends in Melbourne.’

Use commas to help define the noun in your sentence

This rule is super helpful when you’re reading in English because it helps you understand how to identify the important information in a sentence.

To understand the main point of the sentence above, you can read it without the section within the commas:

  • “The Movember Foundation was started in 2003 by two friends in Melbourne.”

If The Movember Foundation is unfamiliar to you, you can focus on the definition provided to you by the author by reading the information inside the commas:

  • “a charity which focuses on men’s health.”

The information within the commas is additional information that can help you better understand the noun (The Movember Foundation) in the sentence.

‘Movember’ runs for the whole of the month of November, so make sure you get involved!