English Language: Elementary School: Grades 3, 4 and 5 Quiz - Grade 4 Language - Commas (Compound Sentences) (Questions)

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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?
Angela loves to go to the movies on Saturdays but Thomas hates the movies.
[ ] movie, on
[ ] but, Thomas
[ ] Saturdays, but
[ ] to, the
2. 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
3. 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
4. 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
5. 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
6. 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
7. 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
8. 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
9. 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
10. 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
English Language: Elementary School: Grades 3, 4 and 5 Quiz - Grade 4 Language - Commas (Compound Sentences) (Answers)
1. 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
[x] Saturdays, but
[ ] to, the
But is the coordinating conjunction separating two independent clauses.
2. 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.
[x] building, and
[ ] and, many
[ ] breeze, above
[ ] the, building
And is the coordinating conjunction in this sentence.
3. 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
[x] now, or
The coordinating conjunction is "or" and this separates the two sentences.
4. 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.
[x] owner, yet
[ ] yet, he
[ ] candy, from
[ ] he, would
Yet is the coordinating conjunction in the sentence.
5. 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
[x] restaurant, nor
[ ] did, they
Nor is a coordinating conjunction that brings two sentences together.
6. Where should the comma be placed in the sentence below?
Judges frequently make decisions for that is their job.
[x] decisions, for
[ ] for, that
[ ] that, is
[ ] make, decisions
For is a coordinating conjunction that is between the two sentences.
7. 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
[x] shopping, so
[ ] clothes, for
[ ] so, they
One coordinating conjunction is so.
8. Where should the comma be placed in the sentence below?
Boats sail across the Lampkin River and then they move towards the inlet.
[x] River, and
[ ] the, Lampkin
[ ] and, then
[ ] then, they
And is also a coordinating conjunction.
9. 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
[x] dog, but
[ ] cat, by
[ ] but, he
But separates the two sentences.
10. 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
[x] time, so
The word "so" brings the two sentences together.