Punctuation (Commas)
Commas help add meaning to a sentence as in 'I went shopping yesterday and bought a dress, trainers, scarf, chocolate and groceries.'

Punctuation (Commas)

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Use commas in lists, clauses and to mark off words such as 'therefore'. Commas help you to clarify what you mean when you write. Use commas to provide slight pauses and help your reader to understand you!

1.
Add commas to the following sentence.
He took his pen pencil ruler books and lunch in a bag.
He took his pen, pencil ruler, books and lunch in a bag.
He took his pen, pencil, ruler books and lunch in a bag.
He took his pen, pencil, ruler, books, and lunch in a bag.
He took his pen, pencil, ruler, books and lunch in a bag.
2.
Add commas to the following sentence.
She used sugar flour milk eggs and butter for the cake.
She used sugar, flour milk eggs, and butter for the cake.
She used sugar, flour, milk, eggs, and butter for the cake.
She used sugar, flour, milk eggs and butter for the cake.
She used sugar, flour, milk, eggs and butter for the cake.
3.
Add commas to the following sentence.
The party was on the whole very enjoyable.
The party was on the whole, very enjoyable.
The party was, on the whole, very enjoyable.
The party, was on the whole very enjoyable.
The party, was on the whole very enjoyable.
Commas mark off 'on the whole' to add meaning.
4.
Add commas to the following sentence.
He was late therefore we began without him.
He was late therefore we began without, him.
He was late therefore we began, without him.
He was late therefore, we began without him.
He was late, therefore, we began without him.
Commas mark off 'therefore' and provide pauses.
5.
Add commas to the following sentence.
It rained while they played however they carried on.
It rained while they played however, they carried on.
It rained while they played, however they carried on.
It rained while they played, however, they carried on.
It rained, while they played however they carried on.
Commas mark off 'however' and clarify meaning.
6.
Add commas to the following sentence.
She was late too of course so we started anyway.
She was late too of course, so we started anyway.
She was late too, of course so we started anyway.
She was late too, of course, so we started anyway.
She was late, too of course, so we started anyway.
7.
Add commas to the following sentence.
Mom asked John to buy eggs bread butter and jam.
Mom asked John to buy eggs bread, butter and jam.
Mom asked John to buy eggs, bread butter and jam.
Mom asked John to buy eggs, bread, butter and jam.
Mom asked John to buy eggs, bread, butter, and jam.
Commas separate items in a list but not before 'and'!
8.
Add commas to the following sentence.
He is feeling ill nevertheless the show must go on.
He is feeling ill nevertheless the show, must go on.
He is feeling ill, nevertheless the show must go on.
He is feeling ill, nevertheless, the show must go on.
He is feeling ill, nevertheless, the show, must go on.
9.
Add commas to the following sentence.
He realized of course that he had worried the teacher.
He realized of course that he had worried, the teacher.
He realized, of course, that he had worried the teacher.
He realized, of course, that he had worried, the teacher.
He realized, of course that he had worried the teacher.
Mark off words such as 'of course' for emphasis.
10.
Add commas to the following sentence.
Jim was in fact in charge of the whole project.
Jim was in fact in charge of, the whole project.
Jim was, in fact, in charge of the whole project.
Jim, was in fact in charge of the whole project.
Jim, was in fact, in charge of the whole project.
Author:  Sue Daish

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