Commas with Certain Words Omitted

Words intentionally left out of clauses may be shown by a comma. A comma is used when the missing words are clearly understood.

Incorrect: George liked the color green; John red.
(Confusing)

Correct: George liked the color green; John, red.
(Now missing words are understood.)

See Pronouns with Elliptical Clauses for clauses with missing words where a comma to show missing words is not used.


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