3. This presentation covers standard punctuation: end marks, commas, semicolons, and
4. Punctuation items on an objective test might look like these ...
5. Sample Item 4 As we got out of the car, we could smell the
delicious chicken and rice that Grandma was B [e; cooking for dinner. Mn A.car, we Exactly! You ule need to connect B.chicken, and the introductory C.rice, that clause. D.No change is necessary.
6. Sample Item 2 . Since Grandma wasnt looking, Julie filled the dogs bowls with leftovers from the meal. . Since Grandma wasn't looking, Julie filled the dogs’ bowls with leftovers from the meal. . since Grandma wasn't looking, Julie filled the dogs’ bowls with leftovers trom the meal. An item mig 7 Notice that the versions of a< are all correct in version C. will have to cl where all pu
7. End Marks
¢ Use the period . | to end| statements. Jasmine ate a chocolate-broccoli muffin. ° Use the question mark | ? | when asking a Did Jasmine eat a chocolate-broccoli muffin? * Use—not overuse—the exclamation mark '\|\to signify excitement or Oh, no! Jasmine ate a chocolate-broccoli muffin!
8. Do | have broccoli stuck in my teeth? have an appointment at the dentist’s/
9. One exclamation mark peressayis a good) average:
But | really love! |
10. Commas, Part 14 ¢ Use commas to connect introductory, interrupting, and some Concluding * Interrupting material will include a comma before and a comma after. Jasmine will pass the comma test, without @ doubt, You should know commas as well as I do!
11. Commas, Part 2 ° Use a comma with a Coordinating conjunction to connect two sentences. * Coordinating conjunctions = and, but, for, OF, nor, yet, and so. Jasmine will pass the comma test, but Slacker Sam will not. You have to study if you want to do well!
12. Commas, Part 3 eUse and alone to connect fwo items. ¢Use commas and an and to connect three or more items. Jasmine will buy a bag of potato chips, a hotdog, and a soda
Hard work deserves a
13. ¢ Use the semicolon [ ; || to connect two main * Do nof use the semicolon to introduce a list. The comma with a transition like such as or including, or the colon [ = | does that job. Jasmine prefers classes that require her to write: Intro to Humanities, Abnormal Psychology, and US Government.
But | excel at
14. ¢ Use the apostrophe [ 7] with an s to show possession: Jasmine’s pen, the cat’s eyes, the professors” frowns * Or use the apostrophe to indicate the letters/spaces removed in a Contraction: she’ d, can’t, should’ ve We can’t cheat from Jasmine’s punctuation quiz because she’s absent today! Ha! Dentist
15. Quick Test, Part 1 Directions: In the items that follow, choose the option that corrects an error in the underlined portion(s). If no error exists, choose “No change is necessary. ”
Show me what you
16. Although Raymond|will cat a grasshopper, he rN B refuses all green vegetables, such as peas, spinach, and even cucumbers. A.Although, Raymond B.grasshopper he C.vegetables, such D.No change is necessary.
17. Before his calculus exam, Scott rubbed his lucky
A B fabbit’s foot and found his favorite pencil. A.exam, Scott B.rubbed, his C.foot, and D.No change is necessary.
18. f 4 Item 3 Francine has five chairs but six quests coming A B for Thanksgiving dinner; she hopes that old| Uncle Ross remembers to bring an extra. D.No change is necessary.
19. Weedon ye Roseanne washed the piles of dirty dishes while Maria vacuumed the filthy rug; they tried to complete a month’s worth of housekeeping in a single hour. rel alexa ali (es B.tried, to D.No change is necessary.
20. Weed ag yeey Audrey can’t leave work early, and Peggy won't A 15) help with the cupcakes, so | guess II have to do all the baking myself. rere la) D.No change is necessary.
21. During our picnic, we were tormented by insects: ants swarming into the potato salad) bees buzzing by our ears, and a katydid jumping into Henry’s open mouth.
A.picnic we B.insects; ants C.salad bees D.No change is necessary.
22. Quick Test, Part 2 Directions: In the items that follow, choose the sentence that is correctly punctuated.
23. A. Roger spent three hours writing Christinas B. Roger spent three hour's writing Christina’s C. Roger spent three hours writing Christina’s
24. e=Tay lees A. When the crickets and the frogs sing Luis cannot get a good) nights sleep. B. When the crickets and the frogs sing, Luis cannot get a good night's sleep. C. When the cricket's and the frog’s sing, Luis cannot get a good) nights sleep.
25. Item 9 A. Before you start painting the walls, you'll need a drop cloth and a ladder. B. Before you start painting the walls you'll need a drop cloth, and\a ladder. C. Before you start painting the walls, youll need a drop cloth, and| a ladder.
26. item 10 A. Darlene laughed at Jebs haircut; it looked), as if goat's had grazed on his head. B. Darlene laughed at Jeb’s haircut; it looked as if goats had grazed on his head. C. Darlene laughed at Jeb’s haircut, it looked as if goats had grazed on his’s head.
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