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Punctuation Practice Exercises

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Punctuation Practice Exercises

Practice 1: Using End Marks Correctly

Choose the proper end mark to use in each of the following sentences.

1. We are planning to go really crazy at our slumber party tonight
2. Do you think everyone in Topeka, Kansas, will be at the game tonight
3. The coach asked the team if they were ready to meet the enemy
4. Me It's not my fault if the secret gets out
5. Do not blame me if you get there at the wrong time

Practice 2: Using Other Punctuation Marks Correctly

Rewrite these sentences to correct their punctuation errors, and describe briefly the error you've corrected.

1.   The coach's retirement party—which isn't scheduled yet, will be sometime next week.
2.   We arent going to give him any gifts, he said he didn't want any.
3.   Who's parents will be the chaperones at our after game party.
4.   The refreshment list includes these fruits and vegetables, apples, oranges, pineapple, carrots and celery sticks.
5.   The crowds screams filled the auditorium and practically raised it's roof.
6.   School ends this year on the twenty third of May, we'll have plenty of time to relax this summer.
7.   Do you know whether the game starts at 8 or at 8.30?
8.   I said to my parents This is the most important game of the season and I have to go to it.
9.   The teams best efforts will be in evidence during this last game.
10.   Because school spirit is really important to the outcome of the game we hope the team feels the spirit coming from the stand's.

Answers

Practice 1: Using End Marks Correctly

1. We are planning to go really crazy at our slumber party tonight!
2. Do you think everyone in Topeka, Kansas, will be at the game tonight?
3. The coach asked the team if they were ready to meet the enemy.
4. Me? It's not my fault if the secret gets out!
5. Do not blame me if you get there at the wrong time.

Practice 2: Using Other Punctuation Marks Correctly

1. The coach's retirement party—which isn't scheduled yet—will be sometime next week.
Incomplete use of dash
2. We aren't going to give him any gifts; he said he didn't want any.
Apostrophe missing from contraction; missing semicolon
3. Whose parents will be the chaperones at our after-game party?
Incorrect use of pronoun; missing hyphen; missing question mark
4. The refreshment list includes these fruits and vegetables: apples,oranges, pineapple, carrots, and celery sticks.
Missing colon; missing series comma
5. The crowd's screams filled the auditorium and practically raised its roof.
Plural noun should be a possessive; contraction of it's used instead of correct its
6. School ends this year on the twenty-third of May; we'll have plenty of time to relax this summer.
Hyphen needed in twenty-third; semicolon needed for compound sentence
7. Do you know whether the game starts at 8 or at 8:30?
Colon needed in time 8:30
8. I said to my parents, "This is the most important game of the season and I have to go to it."
Direct quotation requires introductory comma and quotation marks
9. The team's best efforts will be in evidence during this last game.
Possessive requires apostrophe
10. Because school spirit is really important to the outcome of the game, we hope the team feels the spirit coming from the stands.
Comma required after dependent introductory clause; incorrect possessive instead of plural of the word stand
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