Commas Using Commas with Coordinate Adjectives Commas used with adjectives REVIEW: Adjective-descriptive word that modifies a noun or a pronoun • Finn is a sweet boy. – Sweet = adjective – Finn/boy = noun • This novel is both engaging and thrilling. – Engaging/thrilling = adjectives – Novel = noun Coordinate Adjectives Coordinate adjectives are adjectives that could be joined by AND because they describe the noun separately Use a comma between coordinate adjectives not joined by AND • She was warm and friendly and kind. – When not joined by AND use a comma • She was a warm, friendly, kind woman. Coordinate Adjectives You can also spot a coordinate adjective because they can appear in any order without affecting the meaning. Use a comma between coordinate adjectives not joined by AND • She was a friendly, warm, kind woman. • She was a kind, warm, friendly woman. Cumulative Adjectives Cumulative adjectives are adjectives that do not modify a noun separately. In other words, they have to stay together in a particular order. DO NOT use a comma between cumulative adjectives. • The rich dark chocolate cake was delicious. • Three large gray squirrels skittered up the tree. Review What is an adjective? How can you tell the difference between a coordinate and a cumulative adjective? Think of some examples of both coordinate and cumulative adjectives.