ACT English Practice: Parentheses and Dashes


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Choose the best replacement for the underlined portion of the sentence:

Mark's grocery list - cheese, bread, wine, olives, and figs, reflected his dinner plans for the evening.

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Choose the best replacement for the underlined portion of the sentence:

Lucy had packed up everything: lunch, books, pencils, and gym uniform, the night before, so it only took her a few minutes to get ready in the morning.


Alastair took the long way around: he had plenty of time and wanted to enjoy the scenery.

Which of the following would NOT be an appropriate way to deal with this sentence?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Dashes and parentheses can be tools used to segregate non-essential information in a sentence. Dashes may also loosely connect two thoughts. With this quiz and corresponding worksheet, you'll be able to test your ability to use parentheses and dashes in ACT English.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your knowledge of:

  • Dashes
  • Parenthesis
  • Colons, commas and semicolons

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow students to practice the following skills:

  • Making connections- use understanding of the concept of parentheses and dashes in ACT English
  • Information recall- access your knowledge of these forms of punctuation
  • Distinguishing differences- compare the right time to use parentheses vs dashes

Additional Learning

To learn more about proper punctuation, review the accompanying lesson on Parentheses and Dashes in ACT English. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand how to use dashes to mark off non-essential information or to loosely connect two thoughts
  • Understand how to congregate non-essential information in a sentence by using parentheses