Punctuation (Commas and Inverted Commas)
She whispered, "I really like Peter". This illustrates the correct use of a comma before inverted commas.

Punctuation (Commas and Inverted Commas)

This English Language quiz is called 'Punctuation (Commas and Inverted Commas)' and it has been written by teachers to help you if you are studying the subject at middle school. Playing educational quizzes is a fabulous way to learn if you are in the 6th, 7th or 8th grade - aged 11 to 14.

It costs only $12.50 per month to play this quiz and over 3,500 others that help you with your school work. You can subscribe on the page at Join Us

In punctuation, use commas before direct speech beginning with 'he said', e.g. He said, "It's time for tea." Speech followed by 'he said' needs a comma inside the closing speech marks: "It's time for tea," he said.

See how many you get right in this quiz...then reward yourself with a cup of tea!

1.
Select the correctly punctuated sentence.
They shouted Hooray!
They shouted "Hooray!"
They shouted hooray!
They shouted, "Hooray!"
They shouted, Hooray,
They shouted, "Hooray!" Use comma before speech
2.
Select the correctly punctuated sentence.
He said I've found a solution to the problem.
He said "I've found a solution to the problem,"
He said "I've found a solution to the problem.
He said, "I've found a solution to the problem."
He said, I've found a solution to the problem.
He said, "I've found a solution to the problem."
3.
Select the correctly punctuated sentence.
She whispered It's time to go!
She whispered "It's time to go,"
She whispered "It's time to go,"
She whispered It's time to go!"
She whispered, "It's time to go!"
4.
Select the correctly punctuated sentence.
He told the class Use a comma before direct speech.
He told the class "Use a comma before direct speech,"
He told the class, "Use a comma before direct speech."
He told the class, use a comma before direct speech.
He told the class. Use a comma before direct speech.
5.
Select the correctly punctuated sentence.
The lesson is over he announced.
"The lesson is over" he announced,
"The lesson is over" he announced.
"The lesson is over," he announced.
The lesson is over, he announced,
"The lesson is over," he announced.
6.
Select the correctly punctuated sentence.
It will rain tomorrow explained the weather expert.
"It will rain tomorrow explained the weather expert".
"It will rain tomorrow". explained the weather expert.
"It will rain tomorrow," explained the weather expert.
It will rain tomorrow, explained the weather expert.
"It will rain tomorrow," explained the weather expert.
7.
Select the correctly punctuated sentence.
There is a traffic jam all the way home reported Jan.
"There is a traffic jam all the way home" reported Jan,
"There is a traffic jam all the way home, reported Jan".
"There is a traffic jam all the way home," reported Jan.
There is a traffic jam all the way home reported Jan,
8.
Select the correctly punctuated sentence.
I'm so tired Sophie sighed.
"I'm so tired Sophie sighed
"I'm so tired" Sophie sighed,
"I'm so tired" Sophie sighed.
"I'm so tired," Sophie sighed.
Put the comma inside the closing speech marks
9.
Select the correctly punctuated sentence.
Come and look at the dolphins cried Jon.
"Come and look at the dolphins cried Jon,
"Come and look at the dolphins" cried Jon,
"Come and look at the dolphins" cried Jon.
"Come and look at the dolphins," cried Jon.
10.
Select the correctly punctuated sentence.
This is the last question laughed Arjin.
"This is the last question laughed Arjin."
"This is the last question" laughed Arjin,
"This is the last question" laughed Arjin.
"This is the last question," laughed Arjin.
Author:  Sue Daish

© Copyright 2016-2019 - Education Quizzes
TJS - Web Design Lincolnshire
View Printout in HTML

Valid HTML5

We use cookies to make your experience of our website better.

To comply with the new e-Privacy directive, we need to ask for your consent - I agree - No thanks - Find out more