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Lesson 353

Mechanics - Punctuation - Commas

 

Use a comma or commas to set off an appositive if not closely tied to the words it equals or identifies. Examples: Larry Millward, my best friend, will speak at the meeting. My brother Ken moved to Hawaii. (closely tied)

 

Instructions: Place commas where they are needed.

 

1. Fred James a soldier captured during World War II spoke at the assembly.

 

2. My sister Elaine died recently.

 

3. Paul the top student in his class was the valedictorian.

 

4. Small farming a very important occupation is disappearing.

 

5. We rode all day on Dot a very old and gentle horse.

 

 

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Answers:

 

1. Fred James, a soldier captured during World War II, spoke at the assembly.

 

2. My sister Elaine died recently. (It is closely tied, but one could take Elaine as a noun of address if you don't know her as the sister.)

 

3. Paul, the top student in his class, was the valedictorian.

 

4. Small farming, a very important occupation, is disappearing.

 

5. We rode all day on Dot, a very old and gentle horse.

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