Commas In Coordinating Adjectives Quiz

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This engaging quiz tests your knowledge about the use of commas in coordinating adjectives, an essential part of English grammar. Coordinating adjectives are two or more adjectives that independently modify the same noun and are separated by a comma. This quiz includes various scenarios to challenge your understanding of when and how to correctly use commas between these adjectives. Whether you're an English language learner, a budding writer, or someone seeking to brush up on grammar skills, this quiz offers an enjoyable way to reinforce your understanding. Explanations are provided with the answers to aid in your learning journey.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Her friend was a tall thin man.

    • A.

      He was a tall, thin man.

    • B.

      He was a tall thin man.

    • C.

      He was, a tall, man.

    • D.

      He, was, a tall thin man.

    Correct Answer
    A. He was a tall, thin man.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "He was a tall, thin man." This answer accurately describes the friend as being both tall and thin. The other options either omit the word "thin" or include unnecessary punctuation that disrupts the sentence structure.

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  • 2. 

    Those men are cruel heartless people.

    • A.

      Those men are cruel, heartless people.

    • B.

      Those men are cruel heartless people.

    • C.

      Those men, are cruel, heartless people.

    • D.

      Those, men, are, cruel heartless people.

    Correct Answer
    A. Those men are cruel, heartless people.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Those men are cruel, heartless people." The correct answer includes the appropriate use of commas to separate the adjectives "cruel" and "heartless" in order to convey that both adjectives are describing the men. The other options either lack the necessary commas or include unnecessary commas, which would change the intended meaning of the sentence.

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  • 3. 

    The squirrel with the thick bushy tail skittered from sight when it noticed the dog.

    • A.

      The squirrel with the thick bushy tail skittered from sight when it noticed the dog.

    • B.

      The squirrel with the thick, bushy tail skittered from sight when it noticed the dog.

    • C.

      The squirrel, with the thick bushy, tail skittered from sight when it noticed the dog.

    • D.

      The squirrel, with the thick, bushy tail, skittered from sight when it noticed the dog.

    Correct Answer
    B. The squirrel with the thick, bushy tail skittered from sight when it noticed the dog.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "The squirrel with the thick, bushy tail skittered from sight when it noticed the dog." The commas are used correctly in this sentence to set off the descriptive phrase "with the thick, bushy tail" from the rest of the sentence.

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  • 4. 

    The pianist played a beautiful haunting melody.

    • A.

      The pianist played a beautiful, haunting melody.

    • B.

      The pianist played a beautiful haunting melody.

    • C.

      The pianist, played, a beautiful, haunting melody.

    • D.

      The pianist played, a, beautiful, haunting melody.

    Correct Answer
    A. The pianist played a beautiful, haunting melody.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "The pianist played a beautiful, haunting melody." This answer correctly uses punctuation to separate the adjectives "beautiful" and "haunting" to describe the melody. The other options either include unnecessary commas or do not include the necessary comma.

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  • 5. 

    The cold December wind chilled me to the bones.

    • A.

      The cold December wind chilled me to the bones.

    • B.

      The cold, December wind chilled me to the bones.

    • C.

      The cold December, wind chilled, me to the bones.

    • D.

      The cold December wind, chilled me to the bones.

    Correct Answer
    B. The cold, December wind chilled me to the bones.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "The cold, December wind chilled me to the bones." The use of commas in this sentence helps to clarify the meaning and structure of the sentence. "The cold, December wind" indicates that the wind is both cold and occurring in December. Without the commas, it could be interpreted as the wind being cold and December being a separate descriptor.

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  • 6. 

    Let’s go catch the 8:00 show at that old drive-in movie theater.

    • A.

      Let’s go catch the 8:00 show at that old drive-in movie theater.

    • B.

      Let’s go catch the 8:00 show at that old, drive-in movie theater.

    • C.

      Let’s go catch, the 8:00 show at that old, drive-in movie theater.

    • D.

      Let’s go, catch the 8:00, show at that old, drive-in movie theater.

    Correct Answer
    B. Let’s go catch the 8:00 show at that old, drive-in movie theater.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Let’s go catch the 8:00 show at that old, drive-in movie theater." This answer correctly uses punctuation to separate the different elements of the sentence. The comma is used to separate the adjective "old" from the noun "drive-in movie theater," and the comma is also used to separate the phrase "8:00 show" from the rest of the sentence.

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  • 7. 

    I could really go for a hot delicious pepperoni pizza right about now.

    • A.

      I could really go for a hot, delicious pepperoni pizza right about now.

    • B.

      I could really go for a hot, delicious, pepperoni pizza right about now.

    • C.

      I could really go for a hot delicious pepperoni pizza right about now.

    • D.

      I could really go for a hot delicious, pepperoni pizza right about now.

    Correct Answer
    A. I could really go for a hot, delicious pepperoni pizza right about now.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "I could really go for a hot, delicious pepperoni pizza right about now." This sentence includes the correct use of punctuation and adjectives to describe the pizza. The commas are used to separate the adjectives "hot" and "delicious" before the noun "pepperoni pizza."

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  • 8. 

    At the park, we watched large migratory birds in flight.

    • A.

      At the park, we watched large, migratory birds in flight.

    • B.

      At the park, we watched, large migratory birds in flight.

    • C.

      At the park, we, watched large migratory birds in flight.

    • D.

      At the park, we watched large migratory birds in flight.

    Correct Answer
    D. At the park, we watched large migratory birds in flight.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "At the park, we watched large migratory birds in flight." This is the correct answer because it uses proper punctuation and does not have any unnecessary commas. The sentence is clear and concise, stating that the speaker watched large migratory birds in flight at the park.

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  • 9. 

    The itchy scratchy sweater irritated my cold dry skin.

    • A.

      The itchy scratchy sweater irritated my cold dry skin.

    • B.

      The itchy, scratchy sweater irritated my cold dry skin.

    • C.

      The itchy scratchy sweater irritated my cold, dry skin.

    • D.

      The itchy, scratchy sweater irritated my cold, dry skin.

    Correct Answer
    D. The itchy, scratchy sweater irritated my cold, dry skin.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "The itchy, scratchy sweater irritated my cold, dry skin." The use of commas in this sentence helps to separate the adjectives "itchy" and "scratchy" as well as "cold" and "dry" to provide a clearer and more organized description of the sweater and the skin. Without the commas, the sentence may be confusing and less grammatically correct.

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  • 10. 

    Kate was a brave honest and wise woman.

    • A.

      Kate was a brave, honest, and wise woman.

    • B.

      Kate was, a brave, honest and wise woman.

    • C.

      Kate was a brave, honest, and, wise woman.

    • D.

      Kate was a brave, honest and wise woman.

    Correct Answer
    A. Kate was a brave, honest, and wise woman.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Kate was a brave, honest, and wise woman." This is the correct sentence structure with the proper use of commas to separate the adjectives "brave," "honest," and "wise."

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