Commas: Teaching students to use commas correctly, without by Randy Larson

By Randy Larson

With brief, easy-to-digest actions that experience a feeling of humor, Commas is helping scholars discover ways to use commas adequately. while, in addition they research very much approximately sentence structure.

Commas offers fabric in an attractive method, with language that is smart to young ones. better of all, it has scholars utilizing what they learn.

Either manner, the assessment routines may also help toughen what scholars learn—and support them practice greater on overview checks to boot.

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3. I’m all for sports and entertainment and goofing off but you haven’t got a chance with that stupid chicken-racing scheme! 4. You may cheerfully eat the cauliflower and tuna sandwich I served you or you can sit quietly and eat nothing at all. 5. By the way, students may not wear boots in the gym nor may they ride bikes in the bathroom. W RITE YOUR OWN Write three compound sentences of your own about cats. 1. ___________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ 2.

It interrupts the flow of a sentence to give more information about one of the nouns in the sentence. Here’s an example: Katy saw the dog, the one with the curly tail, and knew she had to have it. The one with the curly tail is an appositive that interrupts to give us more information about the dog. That sounds kind of hard, but it isn’t. Let’s draw a “picture” to illustrate. First imagine a plain, ordinary sentence. Picture it as a river flowing along, something like this: Now let’s interrupt that flow with an appositive.

Parenthetical expressions can also occur somewhere in the middle of a sentence. They break the “flow” of the sentence and need commas to set them off—on both sides. Example: Arnold, by the way, is a member of the Royal Sauerkraut Society. P UNCTUATE Add commas as needed to the sentences below. ) 1. Nobody in our class in my opinion is a match for Burnell Beetlebaum. 2. Nobody except Marlene to tell you the truth can eat 14 sub sandwiches while riding a pogo stick. 3. It seems strange on the other hand that Marlene even owns a pogo stick.

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