Grammar Lesson: Comma Use Practice Activities
Review the following study guide for help with these activities:
Activity 1- Commas in Action
Insert commas where needed. Each sentence needs at least one comma.
- Wendall would like to go fishing but his father needs his help on the farm.
- If Julio had not corrected the error he would have earned a lower grade.
- Because Julianne studied diligently for the examination she passed with flying colors.
- The long exhausting journey finally ended.
- My dad met my mom on June 14 1975.
- Clara asked ''Are these your violin strings?''
- The family members visited New Orleans Detroit Chicago and Los Angeles.
- ''I moved from California to Utah last year'' the salesman declared.
- Dear Nicolina (as the salutation of a friendly letter)
- Smitty will you please open that door for me?
- Mr. Pryal the esteemed English teacher knows the lyrics of many old songs.
- Our friends who are good bowlers will travel to Spain this fall.
- Since you look younger than twenty-one years old I will need to see some identification.
- Within a few weeks after her interview the movie actress purchased a home in Hollywood.
- As a matter of fact this is the way home.
- Hector married Louanna on August 7 2006.
- Stunned by the powerful punch the boxer retreated to his corner.
- Needless to say the Fourth of July celebration was joyous.
- Sincerely (as the closing of a letter)
- Yes this is the man I will marry next year.
Activity 2- Some More Commas in Action
Insert commas where they are required. Each sentence needs at least one comma.
- After the initial stage of the project the manager made three changes.
- Your neighbor who has three dogs in his backyard is the local bank president.
- Yours truly (as the closing of a letter)
- Well you can probably get there by then.
- Excited by the news the cameraman sprinted to the scene.
- Dearest Dad (the salutation of a friendly letter)
- Can you read the next paragraph Rachel?
- ''This documentary is very informative'' Roger told Ray.
- To tell the truth my sister already knows about your plan.
- Because Eddie needs a ride I volunteered to take him.
- As soon as the song was played the children began to sing and dance.
- Yes you should begin the game without me.
- These dogs bark loudly and those cats love to scurry around the house.
- He lives in Richmond Virginia.
- Dan Marino who quarterbacked the Miami Dolphins for years was always a threat to pass for a touchdown.
- Joyce the Little League representative has been volunteering for many seasons.
- The skilled carpenter purchased nails hammers crowbars and putty at the local hardware store.
- Sincerely yours (as the closing of a letter)
- He was my first choice but the committee members thought differently.
- The meteorologist answered your brilliant intriguing question.
Activity 3- Comma Matching Contest
Match the reasons for using a comma in Column A with their examples in Column B. Each answer is used only once. Write the letter from Column B on the line in Column A. The first one is done for you.
|Column A||Column B|
|1. after the salutation of a friendly letter||A. In the middle of the night, the crickets were making loud noises.|
|2. ___ after the closing of a friendly or business letter||B. Matthew asked, ''Are we meeting here this afternoon?''|
|3. ___ to separate items in dates and addresses||C. Dear Samantha,|
|4. ___ to separate the speaker from the quotation||D. Hunted down by the police, the criminal was finally caught.|
|5. ___ to set off consecutive introductory prepositional phrases||E. A considerate, intelligent person will inform you.|
|6. ___ to separate nonessential or nonrestrictive clause||F. Sincerely,|
|7. ___ to separate two or more adjectives that precede a noun||G. We shot the toothpaste commercial, but it has not aired yet.|
|8. ___ to separate independent clauses joined by a conjunction||H. Shawneeta, is that you in the picture?|
|9. ___ to set off words in direct address||I. I met you on August 30, 2007.|
|10. ___ after an introductory participial phrase||J. These veterans, who are going to the banquet later, all served in the Korean War.|
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