This wonderful, whimsically illustrated book appears to be aimed at children, but I have a feeling I’m not the only adult who has utilized its straightforward approach to explaining proper placement of our friend the comma.
“Punctuation marks are the traffic signals of language: they tell us to slow down, notice this, take a detour, or stop.
“Of all the punctuation marks, the comma is the most used and misused. Commas can create havoc when they are left out or are put in the wrong spot, and the results of misuse can be hilarious. This little dot with a tail has the power to change the meaning of a sentence by connecting things that shouldn’t be connected or breaking apart things that should stay together.”
Place commas in these sentences to create two different meanings.
1. Careful people love to check their work.
2. Sheila likes baking books and shoes.
3. Why are you folding that dear?
Now make up a few of your own:
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