Rules Of Semi Colon And Comma Quiz: Trivia

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Rules of semi colon and comma quiz: trivia. A semicolon and comma are at times used interchangeably and most students don’t know when it is okay to use either of the two or none at all. This quiz is specifically designed for those students as it gives them an opportunity to learn through practice in different sentences. Are you up for the task? All the best as you tackle the quiz.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    He told me to wait _______ but I didn't.

    • A.

      Comma

    • B.

      Semi-colon

    • C.

      Neither

    Correct Answer
    A. Comma
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Comma". In this sentence, the phrase "but I didn't" is providing additional information about the action of not waiting. The comma is used to separate the main clause "He told me to wait" from the subordinate clause "but I didn't". This helps to clarify the relationship between the two clauses and makes the sentence easier to read and understand.

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  • 2. 

    He couldn't afford the big house _______ however, he was able to buy a smaller one.

    • A.

      Comma

    • B.

      Semi-colon

    • C.

      Neither

    Correct Answer
    B. Semi-colon
    Explanation
    The correct answer is semi-colon. A semi-colon is used to connect two independent clauses that are closely related in meaning. In this sentence, the phrase "he couldn't afford the big house" and "he was able to buy a smaller one" are two separate clauses that can stand alone as complete sentences. Therefore, a semi-colon is needed to join them together and show the contrast between not being able to afford a big house but still being able to buy a smaller one.

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  • 3. 

    Even though Scott had enjoyed the carefree bachelor life ____________ he preferred marriage

    • A.

      Comma

    • B.

      Semi colon

    • C.

      Neither

    Correct Answer
    A. Comma
    Explanation
    The correct answer is comma. In this sentence, the comma is used to indicate a pause and separate two contrasting ideas. The first part of the sentence states that Scott enjoyed the carefree bachelor life, while the second part states that he preferred marriage. The comma helps to show the contrast between these two ideas.

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  • 4. 

    I wrote letters to__________- my mother, the cable company and my friend Andre, who lives in Arkansas.

    • A.

      Comma

    • B.

      Semi-colon

    • C.

      Neither

    Correct Answer
    C. Neither
    Explanation
    The sentence is listing the recipients of the letters, so a comma or a semicolon would be appropriate to separate the items in the list. However, the given sentence does not use any punctuation mark to separate the items, making it incorrect. Therefore, the correct answer is "Neither" as none of the punctuation marks provided would be suitable in this context.

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  • 5. 

     He didn't really laugh at them _______ he just smiled.

    • A.

      Comma

    • B.

      Semi-colon

    • C.

      Neither

    Correct Answer
    B. Semi-colon
    Explanation
    A semi-colon is used to connect two independent clauses that are closely related in meaning. In this sentence, the two clauses "He didn't really laugh at them" and "he just smiled" are independent and could stand alone as separate sentences. However, the semi-colon is used to show that the second clause is closely connected to the first clause, indicating that the speaker's action of smiling is a contrast to laughing.

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  • 6. 

    The salesperson was friendly while bringing me the seven pairs of shoes to try on ______however, he became angry when I didn’t buy any of them.

    • A.

      Comma

    • B.

      Semi-colon

    • C.

      Neither

    Correct Answer
    B. Semi-colon
    Explanation
    The correct answer is a semi-colon. A semi-colon is used to connect two closely related independent clauses. In this sentence, the first clause "The salesperson was friendly while bringing me the seven pairs of shoes to try on" and the second clause "he became angry when I didn't buy any of them" are both independent clauses. The semi-colon helps to show the contrast between the friendliness and anger of the salesperson in a clear and concise way.

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  • 7. 

    He wants to make a lot of money _______ in fact, he wants to be a billionaire.

    • A.

      Comma

    • B.

      Semi-colon

    • C.

      Neither

    Correct Answer
    B. Semi-colon
    Explanation
    The correct answer is semi-colon. In this sentence, the writer wants to emphasize the second part of the sentence, which is "he wants to be a billionaire." The use of a semi-colon helps to create a stronger separation between the two parts of the sentence, indicating that the second part is a continuation or elaboration of the first part. A comma would not provide enough separation, and using neither would not accurately convey the intended meaning.

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  • 8. 

    The guests were American _______ Mexican _______ and Italian.

    • A.

      Comma

    • B.

      Semi-colon

    • C.

      Neither

    Correct Answer
    A. Comma
    Explanation
    In this sentence, the correct answer is "Comma." The sentence is listing different nationalities of the guests, so a comma is used to separate the nationalities. This is the appropriate punctuation mark to use in this context.

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