And the Answer Is… (A Coordinate Conjunction Quiz)

Simple words often create the most confusion for writers. The word and is a good example. When do you use a comma, and when do you omit it? Answer: Use the comma when you have a sentence on both sides of and. Otherwise omit it.
And remember that the comma goes before and, never after it. (To learn more, click here and read about Comma Rule 2.
This rule applies to every coordinate conjunction: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so). Try placing the commas yourself. Try this quiz, and then scroll down for the answers.
1.  Inmate Greene grabbed the garbage can lid and banged it on the mess hall door.
2. I talked to Jerry Whitman and Officer Barthes questioned his wife.
3.  The policy doesn’t make sense and we shouldn’t implement it.
4.  The bright lights disoriented Jeffords and the loud noise confused him.
5.  Myers failed both sobriety tests and I smelled beer on his breath.
6.  The shelter is overcrowded and does not provide enough services for domestic violence victims.
ANSWERS
1.  Inmate Greene grabbed the garbage can lid and banged it on the mess hall door.
2. I talked to Jerry Whitman, and Officer Barthes questioned his wife.  TWO SENTENCES
3.  The policy doesn’t make sense, and we shouldn’t implement it.  TWO SENTENCES 4.  The bright lights disoriented Jeffords, and the loud noise confused him.  TWO SENTENCES
5.  Myers failed both sobriety tests, and I smelled beer on his breath.  TWO SENTENCES
6.  The shelter is overcrowded and does not provide enough services for domestic violence victims.

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