Comma Quiz

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Comma Quiz
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1. In theory the dark smoke from the burning oil wells
absorbs sunlight and the surrounding air is heated.
In theory, the dark smoke from the burning oil wells absorbs
sunlight and the surrounding air is heated.
In theory, the dark smoke from the burning oil wells absorbs
sunlight, and the surrounding air is heated.
In theory the dark smoke from the burning oil wells absorbs
sunlight, and the surrounding air is heated.
Think about this …
Introductory material (“In theory”)
needs a comma after it. Also, you
need a comma when you use “and” to
connect two sentences.
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2. It seems that she answered the question easily but
her answer was actually quite complex.
It seems that she answered the question easily, but her
answer was actually quite complex.
It seems, that she answered the question easily
but her answer was actually quite complex.
It seems, that she answered the question easily,
but her answer was actually quite complex.
Think about this …
When the conjunction “but” is used to
join two complete sentences, you
must have a comma after the first
complete sentence.
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3. Because of mass destruction to the system
sewage overflowed and spread diseases.
Because, of mass destruction to the system sewage
overflowed and spread diseases.
Because of mass destruction, to the system, sewage
overflowed and spread diseases.
Because of mass destruction to the system, sewage
overflowed and spread diseases.
Think about this …
The part of the sentence with
“because” is a clause... what needs to
separate a dependent clause from its
sentence?
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4. I did not want to go to class nor
did I want to write that paper.
I did not want to go to class, nor did I
want to write that paper.
I did not want to go to class nor did I
want to write that paper.
I did not want to go, to class, nor did I
want to write that paper.
Think about this …
In this example, nor is a conjunction
separating two complete sentences.
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5. He could either go to the store
or go to the basketball game.
He could either go to the store, or go to the
basketball game.
He could either go to the store or go to the
basketball game.
He could either, go to the store, or go to the
basketball game.
Think about this …
Is there a complete sentence after the
conjunction?
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6. Eventually I got around to
finishing the term paper.
Eventually, I got around to finishing the
term paper.
Eventually I got around to finishing
the term paper.
Eventually, I got around, to finishing
the term paper.
Think about this …
Introductory material!
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7. With sweat pouring down his face the pointguard stepped up to the free-throw line.
With sweat pouring down his face the point-guard
stepped up to the free-throw line.
With sweat, pouring down his face, the point-guard
stepped up to the free-throw line.
With sweat pouring down his face, the point-guard
stepped up to the free-throw line.
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8. Quickly I ran down the street to the corner
store.
Quickly, I ran down the street, to the corner store.
Quickly, I ran down the street to the corner store.
Quickly I ran down the street to the corner store.
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9. At the casino Mike lost his money and his
pride.
At the casino Mike lost his money and his pride.
At the casino Mike lost, his money and his pride.
At the casino, Mike lost his money and his pride.
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10. Pausing only for a sip of water the runner
continued on at an exhausting pace.
Pausing only for a sip of water the runner
continued on at an exhausting pace.
Pausing only for a sip of water, the runner
continued on at an exhausting pace.
Pausing only for a sip of water, the runner
continued on, at an exhausting pace.
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