Adding Commas for Clarity

Sometimes it is necessary to add a comma to make a sentence clear.

Unclear: In the kitchen cupboards were empty.
(Make it clear that the phrase is "in the kitchen," not "in the kitchen cupboards.")

Clear: In the kitchen, cupboards were empty.

Unclear: The room was full of crying babies and mothers.
(Were the mothers crying, too?)

Clear: The room was full of crying babies, and mothers.

Clear: The room was full of mothers and crying babies.


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