Parentheses and Dashes: Correct Usage


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

We asked our professor when he would hand our essays back we'd turned them in a month ago but he didn't seem to remember them at all.

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

I went to office hours to ask the teacher about Monday's lecture I was confused about the relationship between the Marian reforms and the fall of the Republic but he wasn't there.


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

The professor was sweet, if a little too devoted to his cats he often went off on long tangents during lectures about his feline companions past and present.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

A good writer should have command over all the types of punctuation available to organize sentences. With this assessment, you can challenge your knowledge on the use of parentheses and dashes by placing the correct punctuation in the given sentences.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this assessment, you'll be asked to:

  • Identify the correct placement for parentheses in a sentence
  • Understand what instances require the use of parentheses or dashes
  • Select the best placement for dashes in a given sentence

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 parentheses and dashes
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to edit sentences for correct punctuation
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast the reasons for using parentheses and dashes

Additional Learning

To learn more about the use of parentheses and dashes, review the accompanying lesson titled Parentheses and Dashes: Correct Usage. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define the purpose of parentheses and dashes
  • Identify non-essential information in a sentence
  • Use dashes to show interrupted dialogue
  • Use dashes to correct run-on sentences by loosely connecting two thoughts or to mark a break in a sentence