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Grade 4 Language - Commas (Compound Sentences)

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Commas are to be placed before a coordinating conjunction. A coordinating conjunction brings together two independent sentences into a compound sentence. Coordinating conjunctions include and, but, for, so, yet, nor, and or. It is important to place the comma in the right place when using these words in between two independent clauses. In this quiz, the students will place the comma in the correct place.

1.
Where should the comma be placed in the sentence below?
In the morning soft drinks are not served in the restaurant nor do they serve hamburgers.
served, in
nor, did
restaurant, nor
did, they
Nor is a coordinating conjunction that brings two sentences together.
2.
Where should the comma be placed in the sentence below?
At the end of summer, many mothers will take their children shopping so they can have new clothes for the school year.
children, shopping
shopping, so
clothes, for
so, they
One coordinating conjunction is so.
3.
Where should the comma be placed in the sentence below?
Three children begged for candy from the store owner yet he would not give them any.
owner, yet
yet, he
candy, from
he, would
Yet is the coordinating conjunction in the sentence.
4.
Where should the comma be placed in the sentence below?
Sarah should do her homework right now or she needs to do her chores.
or, she
right, now
homework, right
now, or
The coordinating conjunction is "or" and this separates the two sentences.
5.
Where should the comma be placed in the sentence below?
Judges frequently make decisions for that is their job.
decisions, for
for, that
that, is
make, decisions
For is a coordinating conjunction that is between the two sentences.
6.
Where should the comma be placed in the sentence below?
Max is a dog but he thinks he is a cat by drinking milk.
think, he
dog, but
cat, by
but, he
But separates the two sentences.
7.
Where should the comma be placed in the sentence below?
Cleaning the house takes a lot of time so people should plan on devoting three hours to do this.
devoting, three
house, takes
so, people
time, so
The word "so" brings the two sentences together.
8.
Where should the comma be placed in the sentence below?
The flag waved in the breeze above the building and many people could see it.
building, and
and, many
breeze, above
the, building
And is the coordinating conjunction in this sentence.
9.
Where should the comma be placed in the sentence below?
Boats sail across the Lampkin River and then they move towards the inlet.
River, and
the, Lampkin
and, then
then, they
And is also a coordinating conjunction.
10.
Where should the comma be placed in the sentence below?
Angela loves to go to the movies on Saturdays but Thomas hates the movies.
movie, on
but, Thomas
Saturdays, but
to, the
But is the coordinating conjunction separating two independent clauses.
Author:  Amy Flanders

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