Teachers tell us commas allow us to pause for breath. This is not always true.
These are the four most common ways to use commas.
1. To list words
Example: We need cheese, bread, coffee and biscuits.
2. To distinguish a name from the rest of the sentence
Example: Tell me, Holly, why you were early today.
3. To enclose additional thoughts
Example: He was, without doubt, the worst boyfriend my daughter ever had.
4.To separate adjectives
Example: Sipho’s beautiful, snobbish, dangerous girlfriend.
If the adjectives are separate descriptions for an object/person, you do need commas. However, a list of adjectives does not always require commas if the adjectives are part of the same object.
Example: Sarah’s blue silk skirt.