chapter  3
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Using Punctuation to Set Off Nonrestrictive Elements

WithSean Ruday

This chapter discusses the use of punctuation (such as commas, parentheses, and dashes) to set off nonrestrictive or parenthetical elements from the rest of a sentence. It begins by explaining what nonrestrictive or parenthetical elements are and then describes how to use punctuation to set them apart from the rest of a sentence. After that, the chapter discusses the importance of this grammatical concept to effective writing, using examples from published texts to illustrate its impact. Next, the chapter presents a classroom snapshot section, which describes the author’s experience teaching this concept to a sixth-grade class. The chapter then provides key recommendations for teaching students to punctuate nonrestrictive elements. It ends with a bulleted list of final thoughts on this topic.