Give me a suggestion regarding the use of commas
In general, you need a comma whenever you are joining clauses to complete sentences (this includes combining sentences to make compound sentences). Simple sentences don't usually need commas, unless you are including a list.
Simple sentence: I went shopping today.
Simple sentence with list: I went shopping Thursday, Friday, and today.
Compound sentence (two complete sentences joined with a comma and conjunction):
I went shopping, but I didn't buy anything.
I went shopping, and I bought some shoes.
Although I went shopping yesterday, I am going to go today.
I want to go shopping today, despite shopping all day yesterday.
Since last week, I have been shopping twice.
In these examples, notice that the comma joins the main clause (in bold) with the subordinate clause.
I've tried to explain this simply. It doesn't explain everything, but explaing most uses. I hope this helps.
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