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Which sentence uses commas correctly?  

Light packages could be shipped across the continent in a matter of days, after the stagecoach was invented.

Stagecoaches were the fastest form of travel but the railroads soon laid tracks across the continent of North America.

Before the invention of the stagecoach packages had to be carried by slow wagon trains, or by ship around South America.

Several people, their luggage, and all their small packages could be moved quickly by stagecoach in the mid-1800s.

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  • 1. 
    Why is it important to know where and when to use commas?  Answer this question using complete sentences. 
  • 2. 
    Which sentence uses commas correctly?
    • A. 

      Light packages could be shipped across the continent in a matter of days, after the stagecoach was invented.

    • B. 

      Stagecoaches were the fastest form of travel but the railroads soon laid tracks across the continent of North America.

    • C. 

      Before the invention of the stagecoach packages had to be carried by slow wagon trains, or by ship around South America.

    • D. 

      Several people, their luggage, and all their small packages could be moved quickly by stagecoach in the mid-1800s.

  • 3. 
    Which complex sentence is punctuated correctly?
    • A. 

      Although I always thought, about riding a horse I was really scared to try it.

    • B. 

      When the principal came into the room Jackson, smiled charmingly.

    • C. 

      If a bald eagle is sighted, it is a good idea to inform the Audubon Society.

    • D. 

      Because I wore a coat this morning I, was able to go outside after lunch.

  • 4. 
    • A. 

      1

    • B. 

      2

    • C. 

      3

    • D. 

      4

  • 5. 
    Which sentence uses commas correctly?
    • A. 

      If you are ever pulled away from the shore by a strong wave, simply swim so that you are parallel to the beach.

    • B. 

      After a time in the water you should be able to feel the ocean’s pull getting weaker, and you should be able to swim back to land.

    • C. 

      Dog paddle keep your head above water, and rest briefly, when you get tired.

    • D. 

      If you see a rescue boat coming, near you, wave your hand, or blow a whistle, to get the attention of the sailors.

  • 6. 
    The train left the station headed for the distant mountains and raced along the prairie. Which sentence correctly edits for comma usage?
    • A. 

      The train left the station, headed for the distant mountains, and raced along the prairie.

    • B. 

      The train left, the station headed, for the distant mountains and, raced along the prairie.

    • C. 

      The train, left the station headed for the distant mountains, and raced along the prairie.

    • D. 

      The train left the station headed for the distant mountains, and raced along the prairie.

  • 7. 
    Identify which sentence has commas placed correctly.
    • A. 

      South Korean people, eat a special treat made with pickled cabbage, pine nuts, and chestnuts.

    • B. 

      South Korean people eat a special treat made with pickled cabbage, pine nuts, and chestnuts.

    • C. 

      South Korean people eat a special treat, made with pickled cabbage, pine nuts, and chestnuts.

    • D. 

      South Korean, people eat a special treat, made with pickled, cabbage, pine, nuts, and chestnuts.

  • 8. 
    Due to the high cost of gasoline many people are now walking carpooling or riding bicycles to work. Where should commas be placed in the sentence above?
    • A. 

      Gasoline, people, walking

    • B. 

      Gasoline, walking, carpooling

    • C. 

      Gasoline, carpooling, bicycles

    • D. 

      Cost, gasoline, bicycles,

  • 9. 
    In which sentence is the comma used correctly?
    • A. 

      When Irwin sat down to eat his cat, jumped into his lap.

    • B. 

      Near a small stream, at the bottom of the canyon we discovered an abandoned cabin.

    • C. 

      Since they are buried under layers of younger rocks, the lower rocks contain older fossils.

    • D. 

      The farmer continued to gather his crops, because he thought the storm was hours away.

  • 10. 
    Identify which sentence has commas placed correctly.
    • A. 

      Bubbles of air insects, ferns bits of wood, and leaves are often found trapped in amber.

    • B. 

      Bubbles of air, insects, ferns bits of wood, and leaves, are often found trapped in amber.

    • C. 

      Bubbles of air, insects, ferns, bits of wood, and leaves are often found trapped in amber.

    • D. 

      Bubbles of air insects, ferns, bits, of wood, and leaves are often found trapped in amber.

  • 11. 
    In which sentence is the comma used correctly?
    • A. 

      When Alvin played, his video game nothing could distract him.

    • B. 

      After a long, day at work Molly’s mother wasn’t interested in cooking.

    • C. 

      Since he knew the right answer Carlton, wasn’t worried about the next question.

    • D. 

      Beside a stream in the dark forest, Ned hid the precious treasure.