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Punctuation.

Punctuation marks are like signposts; they guide us through language - reminding us when to pause and when to stop, and are essential for clear and effective communication.

Punctuation marks are like signposts; they guide us through language - reminding us when to pause and when to stop, and are essential for clear and effective communication.

Try the following exercises to find out how to punctuate accurately.

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1

How many commas and where?

The placing of commas and other punctuation in a sentence makes a great deal of difference - which of the sentences below do you feel is correct?

a)
b)
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Tip: Try reading the sentence to yourself and pause at any commas and full stops.

2

Show possession using an apostrophe

The car does not belong to me. How is this shown using an apostrophe?

a)
b)
c)
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3

Which punctuation to use?

Select the sentence with the correct punctuation.

a)
b)
c)
d)
Please select an answerIncorrectCorrect. The semi-colon indicates the close connection between the two statements.IncorrectIncorrect

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Tip: Take a look at the punctuation in each sentence, and try to remember how you may have seen it used before.

4

Womens and women's

Which is the correct word to use in the sentence below? Type womens or women's in to the text box below.

The final is about to begin

CorrectIncorrect. Again, the apostrophe shows possession. In this sentence, the final belongs to the women.Your answer has been saved.

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5

Meaning in sentences

Which of the sentences below is correct? Think carefully about the meaning of each sentence.

a)
b)
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Tip: Commas can make meaning clearer by separating the main idea from less important information. Look at the sentences again, which sort of cars travel at 320mph? Those produced now, or those produced at the end of the 19th century?

6

Hours and hour's

Please insert the correct option to fit into the sentence below. Type hours or hour's in to the text box below.

In an time the examination will begin.

CorrectIncorrect. This is a strange exception in English. (The time seems to belong to the hour).Your answer has been saved.

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7

Run-on sentences

Run-on sentences are clauses which are tagged onto the end of sentences. Which sentence below is correct?

a)
b)
Please select an answerCorrectIncorrect

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Tip: Run-on sentences can be corrected by dividing them up with a full stop or a semi colon, or by linking them with a conjunction such as 'because' or 'although'. A comma is not used between two sentences that make sense independently.

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