Practice with Commas

Many officers (and supervisors!) say that commas and apostrophes are the most troublesome punctuation marks. Help is on the way! I’m going to start posting mini-quizzes regularly to provide plenty of practice.

Here’s today’s comma quiz. Not every sentence requires commas. Scroll down for answers. Click here for a review of the three most important comma rules.

1.  As I approached the house I heard a woman scream.

2.  Linda grabbed her son’s hand and they ran down the street.

3.  Linda grabbed her son’s hand and ran down the street.

4.  Paul who just graduated from the academy is planning to go back for a degree.

5.  I went back to Porter Street because I had more questions for Mrs. Smith.

Here are the answers. (Numbers refer to rules on Commas Made Simple.)

1.  As I approached the house, I heard a woman scream. (1 – comma is needed because the sentence begins with an extra idea)

2.  Linda grabbed her son’s hand, and they ran down the street. (2 – comma is needed because there are two sentences joined by and)

3.  Linda grabbed her son’s hand and ran down the street.  (2 – no comma is needed  because there’s only one sentence)

4.  Paul, who just graduated from the academy, is planning to go back for a degree. (3)

5.  I went back to Porter Street because I had more questions for Mrs. Smith.  (1 – no comma is needed because the extra idea is at the back)

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