Directions →

  1. For each of the sentences below, identify where commas need to be added.
  2. Be sure that you can say which rule requires that each comma be added!
  3. After you have edited each sentence and know how you would explain your editing choices, scroll down to the second page to see the answer key and check yourself!

  1. Ms. Rush my English teacher says we have to learn how to use commas.

  1. Ms. Hunter says “Remember Bob use commas before and after you address someone directly.”
  2. Chicago the largest city in the Midwest is the birthplace of the skyscraper the Blues and deep-dish pizza.
  3. My mom who is a nurse cares for the sick injured and disabled.
  4. If you want to evaluate the school system consider that New York City public schools serve more than 1.1 million students and imagine what it would be like to run a company that big.

**CHALLENGE**  According to my grandma who turned 97 last month you must take vitamin C walk 1 mile and drink a glass of wine every day but you should not do those things all at the same time.

ANSWER KEY BELOW

  1. Ms. Rush, my English teacher, says we have to learn how to use commas.

 Non-essential detail comma.

      2. Ms. Hunter says, “Remember, Bob, use commas before and after you address someone directly.”  

Dialogue comma and direct address comma.

      3. Chicago, the largest city in the Midwest, is the birthplace of the skyscraper, the blues, and deep-dish

              pizza.                 

                        Non-essential detail comma and list commas

     4. My mom, who is a nurse, cares for the sick, the injured, and the disabled.

Non-essential detail comma and list commas

     5. If you want to evaluate our school system, consider that New York City public schools serve more than

           1.1 million students, and imagine what it would be like to run a company that big.

Intro comma and the connector comma

**CHALLENGE**  According to my grandma, who turned 97 last month, you must take vitamin C, walk 1 mile, and drink a glass of wine every day, but you should not do those things all at the same time.

Intro phrase comma,

list commas,

and the connector comma (which is the comma + small conjunction)