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Jan 12, 2017

Can You Pass This Comma Quiz?

"Let's eat Grandma."

  1. Which of these commas is incorrect?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    "Winter scarf" is a unit modified by the other adjectives, so the adjective right before it should not be followed by a comma.

  2. Which version of this sentence uses commas properly?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Since Santa Claus Conquers the Martians isn't the *only* classic holiday movie, there shouldn't be any commas around the movie title. (The serial comma thing is really a matter of opinion.)

  3. How many commas does this sentence need?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    "His father, who was a teacher in Portland, Maine, in the ’80s, retired to Florida, while his mother stayed in New England and became a ski instructor."

  4. Which of these sentences needs a comma?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Two independent clauses should be joined by a comma (and a conjunction, of course).

  5. This sentence is missing a comma — but where?

    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    The "where" clause is not essential to the sentence (since we're not distinguishing these streets from some other Brooklyn streets), so it should be preceded by a comma.

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