16 May 2012
This week students have been focussing on commas in lists in class.
1. Use a comma after each item in a series of at least three items. (It has become acceptable to omit the comma before the conjunction in a series. However, it is important to remain consistent.)
Example: I still need to take a test, write an essay and check out a book.
2. Use commas after the street address and city in an address. (Do not use a comma after the state.)
Example: The address is 10 Heffron Street, Tweed Heads South, 2486.
3. Use a comma to separate two or more adjectives that equally modify the same noun. (If you aren't sure whether to use a comma to separate the adjectives or not, say the sentence with the word and in place of the comma. If it makes sense, then use the comma.)
Example: Jill was having problems with the unruly, disruptive children.
4. Use a comma to set off the abbreviation etc.
Example: I went to the store to get napkins, plates, cups, forks, etc.
Any students that circle the correct answers below and hand them to Miss Smith or their class teacher will receive a gold ticket.
A comma (,) has been left out of this sentence.
Show where the missing comma should go.
Mum bought fish eggs, cheese, tea and sugar all at the shops.
Which sentence is punctuated correctly?
- The boy spoke slowly, clearly and intelligently during the debate.
- The boy spoke slowly clearly and intelligently during the debate.
- The boy, spoke slowly, clearly and intelligently during the debate.
- The boy spoke, slowly, clearly and intelligently, during the debate.
Check out this interactive website on commas in lists.