Nonessential Comma Exercises

Apply your New Found Guidelines

Consider these sentences:

  1. Snow White whose hair was raven black is the fairest in all the land.
  2. It up to you Jane to finish this work.
  3. Students who cheat only harm themselves.
  4. The average world temperature however has continued to rise significantly.

Suggested correct comma usage:

  1. Snow White, whose hair was raven black, is the fairest in all the land.
  2. It up to you, Jane, to finish this work.
  3. No commas necessary because the sentence’s meaning will change.
  4. The average world temperature, however, has continued to rise significantly.

Did you use the basket trick and lift the sections with commas out of the sentence?

I’m wondering if a different point of view might help this thorny comma issue?

Commas and essential elements next :).

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