Writing - Comma 4

Index
Choose the sentence that is punctuated correctly.
  • 1 A) If John had given me a lift I wouldn't have had to take a taxi.
  • 1 B) If John had given me a lift, I wouldn't have had to take a taxi.
  • 2 A) The watch, which you gave me last week, is missing.
  • 2 B) The watch which you gave me last week is missing.
  • 3 A) Miriam's grandson Felix is a web designer.
  • 3 B) Miriam's grandson, Felix, is a web designer.
  • 4 A) Yes the plane will arrive tomorrow morning at 5:45.
  • 4 B) Yes, the plane will arrive tomorrow morning at 5:45.
  • 5 A) Greg went shopping yesterday. He bought a jacket, shirt and belt.
  • 5 B) Greg went shopping yesterday. He bought a jacket shirt and belt.
  • 6 A) Not having a driving licence he finds it difficult to get around.
  • 6 B) Not having a driving licence, he finds it difficult to get around.
  • 7 A) I could make some sandwiches, or we could order a takeaway.
  • 7 B) I could make some sandwiches or we could order a takeaway.
  • 8 A) The longer I sit in front of my computer, the more my eyes suffer.
  • 8 B) The longer I sit in front of my computer the more my eyes suffer.

Answers

englishrevealed

CORRECT!

A comma is used after a subordinate/dependent clause when it begins a sentence.

INCORRECT!

We use commas after introductory clauses that come before the main clause. Common starter words for introductory clauses:
after, although, as, because, if, since, when, while etc.

CORRECT!

Commas are not used in defining relative clauses!

INCORRECT!

Commas are not used in defining relative clauses!

CORRECT!

The comma is used before or surrounding the name or title of a person directly addressed!

INCORRECT!

The comma is used before or surrounding the name or title of a person directly addressed.

CORRECT!

A comma is used after common introductory words yes, however, well etc.

INCORRECT!

A comma is used after common introductory words yes, however, well etc.

CORRECT!

A comma is used to separate items in a list (nouns and adjectives). If you have more than two nouns or more than one adjective, you need to separate them with commas.

INCORRECT!

A comma is used to separate items in a list (nouns and adjectives). If you have more than two nouns or more than one adjective, you need to separate them with commas.

CORRECT!

When the participial phrase comes before a main clause, it is followed by a comma.

INCORRECT!

When the participial phrase comes before a main clause, it is followed by a comma.

CORRECT!

A comma is used to separate two strong clauses joined by a coordinating conjunction (FANBOYS) for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so.

INCORRECT!

A comma is used to separate two strong clauses joined by a coordinating conjunction (FANBOYS) for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so.

CORRECT!

We use a comma in the middle of a sentence which contains the more ... , the more ... or the more ... the less… construction.

INCORRECT!

We use a comma in the middle of a sentence which contains the more ... , the more ... or the more ... the less… construction.