Comma Rules Practice 5

  1. Use a comma before a coordinate conjunction (and, but, or, nor, so, for, yet) in a compound sentence. 

I am not complaining, but I am stating my rather unhappy opinion.

  1. Commas are usually used after introductory words, phrases, and clauses.

When you leave today, remember your umbrella.
From the roof, I could see for miles.
Furthermore, I would like you to mow the lawn.
Yes, Santa Claus, there is no Virginia.

  1. Use commas to set off items in a series of three or more.

Of the letters X, Y, and Z, I prefer Z.

  1. Use commas to set off coordinate adjectives not joined by and.

The tired, ambitious clerk usually worked through lunch and stayed late.

  1. Use commas around words, phrases, and clauses that interrupt the flow of a sentence (and are not essential to the meaning).

I never was, by the way, a hippie.
She was, however, too tired to continue studying.

  1. Use commas to set off contrasted elements, geographical names, and most items in dates.

Cats, but not dogs, own themselves.
Maria was born in Rockledge, Florida, on August 16, 2002, at 10:20 p.m.

Insert commas as needed in the following sentences.  Not all sentences need commas. Write the rule number that justifies your use of the comma.

  1. Nestled in the woods of the Shenandoah Valley this resort offers canoeing tubing and hiking.
  2. Despite differences in size and facilities each campground must meet standards of excellence.
  3. The KOA awards Gold Silver Bronze and New Owner rating awards.
  4. If you can't be kind at least have the decency to be vague.
  5. He who hesitates is probably right.
  6. When a person smiles at things that go wrong he probably has someone else  in mind to blame.
  7. I love cooking with wine and sometimes I even put it in the food.
  8. While everyone has a photographic memory some just don't have film.
  9. Dogs have owners but cats have staff.
  10. Though we cannot change the direction of the wind we can adjust our sails.

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