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Comma Use Crash Course
Can you punctuate the following sentences using only commas?
Terms in this set (18)
I saw Shawn Sierra and Jamie walking uptown on Friday.
I saw Shawn, Sierra, and Jamie walking uptown on Friday.
Rule: separate the first items (or people) in lists of two or more with commas.
She's stubborn loud and potty-mouthed.
She's stubborn, loud, and potty-mouthed.
Rule: separate the first of three or more adjectives that modify a noun with commas.
Cam was born on Thursday June 15 2000.
Cam was born on Thursday, June 15, 2000.
Rule: Use commas to separate days, dates, and years.
He was born in Baton Rouge Louisiana.
He was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Rule: separate city/town names from states with a comma.
I have to tell you Shane I really don't appreciate your tone of voice.
I have to tell you, Shane, I really don't appreciate your tone of voice.
Rule: separate a person's name when directly addressed by a single comma in the beginning of a sentence and two commas if it is in the middle.
Hey I just had the best idea!
Hey, I just had the best idea!
Rule: separate interjections in the beginning of a sentence with a single comma and surround them with commas when they're in the middle.
That creepy guy whom we had seen earlier that night suddenly popped up out of nowhere and scared everyone in the car.
That creepy guy, whom we had seen earlier that night, suddenly popped up out of nowhere and scared everyone in the car.
Rule: separate appositive phrases and clauses from the sentence they interrupt with a pair of commas.
The police say he's been living at 1652 Byron Avenue Howell Michigan.
The police say he's been living at 1652 Byron Avenue, Howell, Michigan.
Rule: Separate street addresses, city and state with commas.
Actually I can't stand the guy.
Actually, I can't stand the guy.
Rule: Like any "sentence interrupters," separate introductory words, phrases and clauses with commas.
My uncle won 7000000 dollars in the lottery but he didn't give me a single cent.
My uncle won 7,000,000 dollars in the lottery, but he didn't give me a single cent.
Rule 1: Separate numbers expressed as 4 digits or more with a comma before every third digit from the left.
Rule 2: When two clauses are joined in a sentence by a conjunction, insert a comma before the conjunction.
It's disgusting but it's true.
It's disgusting, but it's true.
Rule: When two or more clauses are joined by a conjunction, place a comma before the conjunction.
It's disgusting and it's not something people want to hear but it's true.
It's disgusting, and it's not something people want to hear, but it's true.
Rule: When two or more clauses are joined by conjunctions, place a comma right before each conjunction.
Highlander Way Middle School always one of the finest educational institutions in Connecticut has risen to new heights because of its team building initiatives.
Highlander Way Middle School, always one of the finest educational institutions in Connecticut, has risen to new heights because of its team building initiatives.
Rule: Use a pair of commas to set apart an appositive clause from the rest of a sentence when it's in the middle.
If I had to choose a favorite entree it would have to be chicken fried rice.
If I had to choose a favorite entree, it would have to be chicken fried rice.
Rule: Use a comma to separate an introductory word phrase or clause.
I've reminded you Jared several times before.
I've reminded you, Jared, several times before.
Rule: When directly addressed in the middle of a sentence, separate a name from the sentence it interrupts with a pair of commas.
"I think I'm coming down with a nasty cold" Wyatt whined.
"I think I'm coming down with a nasty cold," Wyatt whined.
Rule: For quotes at the beginning of a sentence, put the comma at the end of the quote, just inside the quotation mark.
Wyatt blew his nose and said "I think I'm coming down with a nasty cold."
Wyatt blew his nose and said, "I think I'm coming down with a nasty cold."
Rule: for quotes at the end of a sentence, insert a comma just before the quotation mark after the form of the word "said."
"Honestly" Zoe whispered "sitting next to all these chatty students gets old really fast."
"Honestly," Zoe whispered, "sitting next to all these chatty students gets old really fast."
Rule For interrupted quotes, insert the first comma just inside the second quotation mark, and the second comma just before the third quotation mark.
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