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Commas and Sentence Parts: Writing Skills Success Study Guide (page 3)

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Updated on Aug 25, 2011

Review

This next exercise reviews everything you have learned so far. This passage contains no commas, end marks, or capitalization. Use what you have learned to add capitalization, end marks, and commas to make sense of the Problem version of the passage. Check your work against the Solution version that follows.

Problem

even though peter liked his job a great deal he always looked forward to his summer vacation it was the highlight of his year usually he spent two weeks in the middle of july at camp wi wi ta which was 40 miles from his home he was responsible for six physically challenged children for 24 hours a day for two weeks how he loved camp

peter took the counseling job one he loved dearly very seriously each morning he rose before the first child awoke and never went to bed until the last of his kids went to sleep at night the best part of the job was challenging the kids to do things for themselves peter would insist that they comb their hair or cut their own food even if they begged for help the camp dean and some of the other counselors thought peter was slacking on the job but he didn't see it that way he enjoyed knowing that his kids left camp more capable and confident than they had been when they arrived

Solution

Even though Peter liked his job a great deal, he always looked forward to his summer vacation. It was the highlight of his year. Usually, he spent two weeks in the middle of July at Camp Wi Wi Ta, which was 40 miles from his home. He was responsible for six physically challenged children for 24 hours a day for two weeks. How he loved camp!

Peter took the counseling job, one he loved dearly, very seriously. Each morning, he rose before the first child awoke and never went to bed until the last of his kids went to sleep at night. The best part of the job was challenging the kids to do things for themselves. Peter would insist that they comb their hair or cut their own food even if they begged for help. The camp dean and some of the other counselors thought Peter was slacking on the job, but he didn't see it that way. He enjoyed knowing that his kids left camp more capable and confident than they had been when they arrived.

Tip

As you learned in this lesson, omitting commas before introductory elements or wrongly placing commas around restrictive clauses can lead to humorous misreadings. Write some sentences of your own that are hard to read without commas, like this: "As they ate the horse moved closer." Then correct them by adding commas.

Practice exercises for this concept can be found at Commas and Sentence Parts: Writing Skills Success Practice Exercises.

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