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    Comma Quiz

    Directions: Add the appropriate commas (if needed) to each sentence. Answers and explanations appear below.

    1. This Breadth section includes the theories of Vygostky Erickson and Piaget as they pertain to early childhood development.

2. Florence Nightingale was born in May 1820.

    3. The teacher dragged the student kicking and screaming into his final exam.

    4. Hospital stations are often understaffed and the nurses have to complete tasks alone that should clearly be completed by two or more people.

5. Frank (2009) explained “There are too few doughnut stores open at 2 a.m.” (p. 25).

    6. The test contains five essays but they can be combined into one eight-page paper.

    7. Rich (2002) claimed that he wrote better papers after 3 days without sleep.

8. Many words such as affect and effect can be commonly confused.

    9. Schools require many staff to support students in reading writing math and social studies.

10. Obama’s inauguration on January 20 2009 brought millions of people to our nation’s capital.

    ? 2010 Walden University Writing Center

    Answers

    1. This Breadth section includes the theories of Vygostky, Erickson, and Piaget as they pertain to early childhood development.

    This sentence contains a list of three or more elements; there must be a comma between each element.

2. Florence Nightingale was born in May 1820.

    A comma is not necessary here because this is only a month and year instead of a specific date. A comma would be needed for “May 12, 1820.”

    3. The teacher dragged the student, kicking and screaming, into his final exam. This sentence uses commas to set off a nonessential clause.

    4. Hospital stations are often understaffed, and the nurses have to complete tasks alone that should clearly be completed by two or more people.

    This sentence contains two independent clauses linked by the conjunction and. A comma is

    necessary between the two independent clauses.

5. Frank (2009) explained, “There are too few doughnut stores open at 2 a.m.” (p. 25).

    A comma is needed here because an independent clause introduces a quote.

    6. The test contains five essays, but they can be combined into one eight-page paper. This sentence requires a comma because it has two independent clauses joined by the conjunction but.

    7. Rich (2002) claimed that he wrote better papers after 3 days without sleep.

    ? 2010 Walden University Writing Center

    This sentence does not require a comma because there is only one clause.

8. Many words, such as affect and effect, can be commonly confused.

    This sentence requires commas to set of nonessential information.

    9. Schools require many staff to support students in reading, writing, math, and social studies.

    This sentence contains a list with three or more elements, necessitating a serial comma.

10. Obama’s inauguration on January 20, 2009, brought millions of people to our nation’s

    capital.

    The specific date in this sentence requires a comma.

    ? 2010 Walden University Writing Center

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