Comma Usage: Avoid Confusion in Clauses & Contrasting Sentence Parts


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Correctly place the commas around the non-essential clause:

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1. Which of the following is an example where a comma is correctly used despite there not being any conjunction?


How could the following sentence be altered to be clearer?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Proper comma placement is essential when writing, so test your knowledge on the subject with this quiz and worksheet. In the quiz, you will be tested on comma rules and conjunctions.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be asked to:

  • Identify a non-essential clause
  • Complete a sentence with the correct coordinating conjunction
  • Identify properly placed commas in a sentence
  • Recognize when to use a comma without a conjunction

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on comma usage
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to edit sentences to show proper comma placement
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast proper usage of commas in different contexts

Additional Learning

To learn more about comma usage, review the accompanying lesson titled Comma Usage: Avoid Confusion in Clauses & Contrasting Sentence Parts. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the purpose of a comma
  • Differentiate between essential and nonessential clauses
  • Understand how commas can separate contrasting parts of a sentence
  • Identify coordinating conjunctions