Practice with Punctuation
- Use Comma to set off a noun of direct address.
- Fred, make sure to eat all your beans.
- Make sure to eat all your beans,
- Make sure, Fred, to eat all your beans.
- Use a comma to set off introductory words.
- No, I won’t eat all my beans.
- I won’t eat all my beans, no.
- Ok, I’ll eat my beans.
3. Use a comma to set off interrupters in a sentence.
- The answer, I think, is 54.
- In fact, the answer is 54.
- The answer, by the way, is
- Use a comma between two or more descriptive adjectives. (If your adjective is a color or a number, no comma is needed)
- Bright, sparkling stars twinkled in the night.
- Tall, beautiful trees rustled in the breeze.
- Three black cats were in the tree.
- Use a comma after a dependent clause (can’t stand alone) at the beginning of the sentence. (if the dependent clause is at the end, no comma is needed.)
- After we eat lunch, we went for a walk.
- If I can go with you, I would love that.
- I would love it if I could go along.
- Use a comma after 2 introductory prepositional phrases or after a long prepositional phrase when a subject follows it.
- In the middle of the night, Frank decided he needed a snack.
- During the long intermission, everyone got a snack.
- In our bed, under the covers, down in the corner, our dog took a nap.
- Use a comma to set off words or adjectives that seem out of place.
- Bright and shiny, the gem sparkled in the light.
- The dog, wet and dirty, ran into the house.
- My dinner is very cold, by the way.
Underlining or Quotations
- Use and underline for names of ships, planes, and trains.
- We sailed on the Good Ship Lollypop.
- Our train, Silverton Express, arrives at 9:00.
- The S.S Constitution is in Boston Harbor.
9. Underline words, letters, or numerals used out of context.
- Don’t forget to dot your i’s.
- There are too many and’s in your paper.
- A 7 appeared in the left column.
- Underline titles of books, magazines, movies, newspapers, plays, television shows, record albums, CDs, long stories, and works of art.
- I read the book The Giver this year.
- My favorite album of all time is Every Breath you Take.
- The Mona Lisa was painted around 1504.
- Use Quotations to enclose the titles of chapters, articles, poems, essays, short stories, nursery rhymes, and songs.
- I love the song “Invisible Sun” by the Police.
- “Mary had a Little Lamb” is sung by every child.
- Robert Frost wrote the poem “The Road not Taken”.