|Uses of the Comma
|After a long introductory phrase.
||For a brief period some years ago, New Westminster
was the capital of BC.|
|To prevent the misreading of a sentence.||They left at 5:00 p.m., for Calgary was still a long way off.|
|To mark off short interrupting phrases.
||He was, in fact, born in Halifax.|
|Between long coordinate clauses, especially when they
are joined by "but", "and", or "or".
||He thought they lived in Red Deer, but actually it was Edmonton.|
|In a series of adjectives after a linking verb,
use a comma after each term but the last.
||The cowboy was tall, lean, and dark haired.|