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Commas that Separate: Writing Skills Success Practice Exercises

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Updated on Aug 25, 2011

Review the lesson for Commas that Separate: Writing Skills Success Study Guide.

Practice Exercises

Practice Exercise: Commas and Semicolons that Separate

Use commas and semicolons to correctly punctuate the following sentences. Answers are at the end of the exercises.

  1. You can safely view an eclipse through the viewing glass of a welding helmet or you can look through a piece of overexposed film.
  2. Jack my cat will lounge lazily in the bay window most of the afternoon soaking up the warmth of the sun.
  3. The young calf put its head over the fence and it licked my hand.
  4. Icebergs in the Antarctic are flat and smooth but those in the Arctic are rough.
  5. Only resort members are allowed to enter the pool area please have your membership pin visible at all times.
  6. I like Sam he likes me for we are best of friends.
  7. The inventory is valued at one million dollars but it's not enough to cover our debt.
  8. If you know of anyone with data processing experience encourage him or her to apply for this new position.

Practice Exercise: Commas to Separate Items in a Series, Date, or an Address

Add commas and end marks where they are needed to the following sentences. Use not only what you are learning in this lesson, but also what you learned in Commas and Sentence Parts: Writing Skills Study Guide. Answers appear at the end of the exercises.

  1. For safety reasons make sure the tires are properly inflated you should check the oil too.
  2. The homegrown philosopher who lives next door at 251 Acorn Street Libertyville Kansas claims to know exactly who invented the wheel sliced bread and kissing.
  3. On May 4 2006 Richard celebrated his birthday in grand style he turned 61.
  4. Looking for a solution to the printing problem Karissa asked an older employee questioned the supervisor and finally consulted the printer manual.
  5. Baruch brought a pasta salad to the potluck Shannon brought peanuts mints and pretzels.

Practice Exercise: Commas to Separate Adjectives and Other Elements of a Sentence

Choose the correctly punctuated version of each of the following sets of sentences. Keep in mind what you learned about commas in the previous lesson.

    1. Oscar's grocery list included bread, milk, toothpaste, soap, dog food, and a fly swatter.
    2. Oscar's, grocery list included bread, milk, toothpaste, soap, dog food, and a fly swatter.
    3. Oscar's, grocery list included bread, milk, toothpaste, soap, dog food, and a fly swatter.
    1. My daughter loved the museum, my son, on the other hand, was bored out of his mind.
    2. My daughter loved the museum; my son, on the other hand, was bored out of his mind.
    3. My daughter loved the museum, my son, on the other hand was bored out of his mind.
    1. Well, Marcus, I hope that Lisa left you a number where she can be reached.
    2. Well, Marcus I hope that Lisa left you a number where she can be reached.
    3. Well Marcus, I hope that Lisa left you a number where she can be reached.
    1. When I go to my yoga class, I need to bring comfortable clothes a yoga mat and a bottle of water.
    2. When I go to my yoga class I need to bring comfortable clothes, a yoga mat, and a bottle of water.
    3. When I go to my yoga class, I need to bring comfortable clothes, a yoga mat, and a bottle of water.
    1. The restaurant I believe is located at 112 West Orange Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
    2. The restaurant, I believe, is located at 112 West Orange Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
    3. The restaurant, I believe, is located at 112, West Orange Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
    1. Ben, and Trace, and Samuel are all excellent athletes students and musicians they play in a rock band together.
    2. Ben and Trace and Samuel are all excellent athletes, students, and musicians, they play in a rock band together.
    3. Ben and Trace and Samuel are all excellent athletes, students, and musicians; they play in a rock band together.
    1. I'm afraid, Mr. Dobbs, that you lack the qualifications for this job; but we have another that might interest you.
    2. I'm afraid Mr. Dobbs, that you lack the qualifications for this job, but we have another that might interest you.
    3. I'm afraid, Mr. Dobbs, that you lack the qualifications for this job, but we have another that might interest you.
    1. Usually, at the company picnic we play badminton, Frisbee golf, volleyball, and horseshoes.
    2. Usually, at the company picnic, we play badminton Frisbee golf, volleyball and horseshoes.
    3. Usually at the company picnic, we play badminton, Frisbee, golf, volleyball, and horseshoes.
    1. We will advertise our biggest sale of the decade on June 21, 1997, the 25th anniversary of our Grand Opening sale.
    2. We will advertise our biggest sale of the decade on June 21 1997, the 25th anniversary of our Grand Opening sale.
    3. We will advertise our biggest sale of the decade on June 21, 1997 the 25th anniversary of our Grand Opening sale.
    1. Exhausted by the heat, rather than the exertion, Ming collapsed under a tall shady oak tree.
    2. Exhausted by the heat rather than the exertion, Ming collapsed under a tall, shady oak tree.
    3. Exhausted by the heat, rather than the exertion, Ming collapsed under a tall, shady oak tree.
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