Quiz 2: Grammar (Commas And Semicolons)

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  • 1. 

    Choose the appropriately edited version of this sentence: "Often I don't know what to write about however I always come up with something."

    • A.

      Often I don't know what to write about, however; I always come up with something.

    • B.

      Often I don't know what to write about, however, I always come up with something.

    • C.

      Often I don't know what to write about; however, I always come up with something.

    • D.

      The sentence is correct as it is written

    Correct Answer
    C. Often I don't know what to write about; however, I always come up with something.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Often I don't know what to write about; however, I always come up with something." This version correctly uses a semicolon to separate the two independent clauses and a comma to set off the conjunctive adverb "however." This punctuation helps to clarify the relationship between the two clauses and improve the overall flow and readability of the sentence.

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  • 2. 

    Choose the appropriately edited version of this sentence: "Because I teach at a university I have time to take vacations during times when class is not in session."

    • A.

      Because I teach at a university; I have time to take vacations during times when class is not in session.

    • B.

      Because I teach at a university, I have time to take vacations during times when class is not in session.

    • C.

      Because I teach at a university I have time to take vacations, during times when class is not in session.

    • D.

      The sentence is correct as it is written.

    Correct Answer
    B. Because I teach at a university, I have time to take vacations during times when class is not in session.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Because I teach at a university, I have time to take vacations during times when class is not in session." The correct version adds a comma after "university" to separate the two independent clauses in the sentence. This helps to clarify the relationship between teaching at a university and having time for vacations.

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  • 3. 

    Choose the appropriately edited version of this sentence: "I often find it difficult to write the sentences because I like them to read like a story."

    • A.

      I often find it difficult to write the sentences, because I like them to read like a story.

    • B.

      I often find it difficult to write the sentences; because I like them to read like a story.

    • C.

      I often find it difficult to write the sentences; because, I like them to read like a story.

    • D.

      The sentence is correct as it is written.

    Correct Answer
    D. The sentence is correct as it is written.
    Explanation
    The given sentence does not contain any grammatical errors and effectively conveys the intended meaning. The use of a comma after "sentences" helps to separate the two clauses in the sentence, indicating a pause. The conjunction "because" is appropriately used to show the reason for finding it difficult to write the sentences. The phrase "like them to read like a story" effectively expresses the preference for a storytelling style. Therefore, the sentence is correct as it is written.

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  • 4. 

    Choose the appropriately edited version of this sentence: "I really enjoy talking about the trips I've taken and showing people pictures from those trips."

    • A.

      I really enjoy talking about the trips I've taken, and showing people pictures from those trips.

    • B.

      I really enjoy talking about the trips I've taken; and showing people pictures from those trips.

    • C.

      The sentence is correct as it is written.

    Correct Answer
    C. The sentence is correct as it is written.
    Explanation
    The given sentence is already correct as it is written. There is no need for any editing or punctuation changes.

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  • 5. 

    Choose the appropriately edited version of this sentence: "I took my last vacation which was to New Orleans after fall semester ended."

    • A.

      I took my last vacation, which was to New Orleans after fall semester ended.

    • B.

      I took my last vacation, which was to New Orleans, after fall semester ended.

    • C.

      I took my last vacation which was to New Orleans, after fall semester ended.

    • D.

      The sentence is correct as it is written.

    Correct Answer
    B. I took my last vacation, which was to New Orleans, after fall semester ended.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "I took my last vacation, which was to New Orleans, after fall semester ended." This version correctly uses commas to set off the non-restrictive clause "which was to New Orleans." The clause provides additional information about the vacation but is not necessary for understanding the main meaning of the sentence.

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  • 6. 

    Choose the appropriately edited version of this sentence: "If you visit New Orleans you should try the delicious beignets at Cafe du Monde and eat at Camellia Grill in the French Quarter."

    • A.

      If you visit New Orleans you should try the delicious beignets at Cafe du Monde, and eat at Camellia Grill in the French Quarter.

    • B.

      If you visit New Orleans, you should try the delicious beignets at Cafe du Monde, and eat at Camellia Grill in the French Quarter.

    • C.

      If you visit New Orleans, you should try the delicious beignets at Cafe du Monde and eat at Camellia Grill in the French Quarter.

    • D.

      The sentence is correct as it is written.

    Correct Answer
    C. If you visit New Orleans, you should try the delicious beignets at Cafe du Monde and eat at Camellia Grill in the French Quarter.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "If you visit New Orleans, you should try the delicious beignets at Cafe du Monde and eat at Camellia Grill in the French Quarter." This is the appropriately edited version of the sentence because it includes a comma after "New Orleans" to separate the introductory clause from the main clause. Additionally, it includes a comma before the coordinating conjunction "and" to separate the two independent clauses in the sentence.

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  • 7. 

    Choose the appropriately edited version of this sentence: "In the past I've written about vacations I've taken with my family."

    • A.

      In the past, I've written about vacations I've taken with my family.

    • B.

      In the past; I've written about vacations I've taken with my family.

    • C.

      In the past I've written about vacations, I've taken with my family.

    • D.

      The sentence is correct as it is written.

    Correct Answer
    A. In the past, I've written about vacations I've taken with my family.
    Explanation
    The given answer is correct because it uses the appropriate punctuation, which is a comma, to separate the introductory phrase "In the past" from the rest of the sentence. Additionally, it correctly uses the contracted form "I've" to indicate "I have" and maintains the correct verb tense throughout the sentence.

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  • 8. 

    Choose the appropriately edited version of this sentence: "Since I like jazz music New Orleans was a logical choice for a vacation."

    • A.

      Because I like jazz music, New Orleans was a logical choice for a vacation.

    • B.

      Because I like jazz music New Orleans, was a logical choice for a vacation.

    • C.

      Because I like jazz music; New Orleans was a logical choice for a vacation.

    • D.

      The sentence is correct as it is written.

    Correct Answer
    A. Because I like jazz music, New Orleans was a logical choice for a vacation.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Because I like jazz music, New Orleans was a logical choice for a vacation." The explanation is that the sentence needs a comma after "music" to separate the introductory phrase "Because I like jazz music" from the main clause "New Orleans was a logical choice for a vacation." This comma helps to clarify the meaning and improve the readability of the sentence.

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  • 9. 

    Choose the appropriately edited version of this sentence: "The weather in New Orleans in December was wonderful I recommend that you go during that month."

    • A.

      The weather in New Orleans in December was wonderful; I recommend that you go during that month

    • B.

      The weather in New Orleans in December was wonderful, I recommend that you go during that month.

    • C.

      The weather in New Orleans in December, was wonderful; I recommend that you go during that month.

    • D.

      The sentence is correct as it is written.

    Correct Answer
    A. The weather in New Orleans in December was wonderful; I recommend that you go during that month
    Explanation
    The given sentence is correct as it is written. It uses proper punctuation by including a semicolon to separate the two independent clauses. The sentence is clear and conveys the intended meaning effectively.

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  • 10. 

    Choose the appropriately edited version of this sentence: "I don't mind teaching grammar but I don't like writing these exercises."

    • A.

      I don't mind teaching grammar; but I don't like writing these exercises.

    • B.

      I don't mind teaching grammar, but I don't like writing these exercises.

    • C.

      I don't mind teaching grammar; but, I don't like writing these exercises.

    • D.

      The sentence is correct as written.

    Correct Answer
    B. I don't mind teaching grammar, but I don't like writing these exercises.
    Explanation
    The chosen option, "I don't mind teaching grammar, but I don't like writing these exercises," is the appropriately edited version because it effectively uses a comma before the coordinating conjunction "but" to join two independent clauses. This punctuation choice helps separate the contrasting ideas in a clear and grammatically correct manner.

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