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Commas 02
Although small, commas can be very tricky!

Commas 02

Let's dive into a detailed KS2 English quiz about commas! Commas are like sentence helpers – they show where to pause. They're as common as full stops but a bit trickier to master. In this quiz, we're exploring commas in pairs, used for adding extra info, and commas for names when someone is talking to another person.

For extra info, check if the sentence still makes sense without the words between the commas. Ready for the challenge? Test your comma skills in this second English quiz – become a comma champ!

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1.
Read the sentence and choose the answer which has been correctly punctuated.
'Just leave them on the chair and go Alan.'
'Just leave them on the chair and go, Alan.'
'Just leave them on the chair, and go Alan.'
'Just, leave them on the chair, and go Alan.'
'Just leave, them on the chair, and go, Alan.'
This sentence requires just one comma before the name.
2.
Read the sentence and choose the answer which has been correctly punctuated.
'Georgia could you please find my coat?'
'Georgia could you, please, find my coat?'
'Georgia could you please, find my coat?'
'Georgia, could you, please find my coat?'
'Georgia, could you please find my coat?'
The name of the person being addressed should be set off with one comma, if the name comes at the beginning or end of the sentence, or a pair of commas, if the name comes in the middle of the sentence.
3.
Read the sentence and choose the answer which has been correctly punctuated.
After break time we will be doing maths which is our favourite subject.
After break time we will be doing maths which, is our, favourite subject.
After break time, we will be doing maths, which is our favourite subject.
After, break time, we will be doing maths, which is our favourite subject.
After break time we will be doing, maths which is our favourite subject.
This sentence needs a comma after the sentence opener, 'After break time'. It also needs a comma to set off the extra information, 'which is my favourite subject'.
4.
Read the sentence and choose the answer which has been correctly punctuated.
'Are you hurt Brendan or are you O.K.?'
'Are, you hurt, Brendan or are you, O.K.?'
'Are you hurt Brendan, or are you O.K.?'
'Are you hurt, Brendan, or are you O.K.?'
'Are you hurt, Brendan or are you O.K.?'
Because the name is in the middle of the sentence, it needs two commas.
5.
Read the sentence and choose the answer which has been correctly punctuated.
The car which had begun making strange noises came to a sudden halt.
The car, which had been making strange noises came to a sudden halt.
The car which had been making strange noises, came to a sudden halt.
The car, which had been making strange noises, came to a sudden halt.
The car which had been making strange noises came, to a, sudden halt.
If we take out the clause, 'The car came to a sudden halt' still makes sense.
6.
Read the sentence and choose the answer which has been correctly punctuated.
The team which had not been training as much as usual still won the match.
The team which had not been training, as much as usual, still won the match.
The team, which had not been training as much as usual still won the match.
The team which had not been training as much as usual, still won the match.
The team, which had not been training as much as usual, still won the match.
The sentence requires two commas around the clause.
7.
Read the sentence and choose the answer which has been correctly punctuated.
'Come over for tea' the new neighbour said.
'Come over, for tea,' the new neighbour said.
'Come, over for tea', the new neighbour said.
'Come over for tea,' the new neighbour said.
'Come over for tea' the new, neighbour said.
For more practise using commas with dialogue, try the direct speech quiz.
8.
Read the sentence and choose the answer which has been correctly punctuated.
The cup of tea which I had completely forgotten to drink had gone cold.
The cup, of tea, which I had completely forgotten to drink had gone cold.
The cup of tea which I had completely forgotten to drink, had gone cold.
The cup of tea, which I had completely forgotten to drink, had gone cold.
The cup of tea which I had completely, forgotten to drink had gone cold.
The clause, 'which I had completely forgotten to drink', adds extra information about the cup of tea and should be set off by a pair of commas.
9.
Read the sentence and choose the answer which has been correctly punctuated.
Greta the baker makes the best cakes I've ever eaten.
Greta the baker, makes the best cakes I've ever eaten.
Greta, the baker, makes the best cakes I've ever eaten.
Greta, the baker makes the best cakes I've ever eaten.
Greta the baker makes the best cakes, I've ever eaten.
'the baker' is extra information about Greta and needs to be inside two commas.
10.
Read the sentence and choose the answer which has been correctly punctuated.
The headteacher who was also new to the school came in to greet the new reception class.
The headteacher, who was also new to the school, came in to greet the new reception class.
The headteacher, who was also new to the school came in to greet the new reception class.
The headteacher who was also, new to the school, came in to greet the new reception class.
The headteacher who was also new to the school, came in to greet the new reception class.
The clause, 'who was also new to the school', adds extra information about the headteacher and should be set off by a pair of commas. 'The headteacher came in to greet the new reception class' is a complete sentence without the extra clause.
You can find more about this topic by visiting BBC Bitesize - Using commas for clarity

Author:  Sheri Smith

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