Lessons in Punctuation

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Links to the Exercises

1. Recognizing Coordinated Elements

1a. Preliminary
1b.  Exercise 1 (based on Antigone)
1c.  Exercise 2 (based on Dracula)

2. Commas with AND & BUT etc.


3. Finishing Sentences with Coordinate Structures


4. Further Practice Punctuating Coordinate Structure (a scrambled-sentence exercise)


4. Strings of Adjectives

5. Introductory Elements

5a. Initial Prepositions, Adverbs, and Mild Interjections

6. Interrupters

7. Restrictive and Nonrestrictive Elements

8. Appositives

9a. Sentence Completeness: Punctuating to Avoid Fragments and Run-ons

       9b. Warm-Up for Review

       9c. Review Lesson 1

       9d. Review Lesson 2

10. Conjunctive Adverbs vs. Conjunctions

11. Using Movable Elements to Locate Sentence Boundaries

12. Virginia Woolf's Punctuation of Movable Elements

13. Review of Conjunctive Adverbs and Conjunctions 

14. Colons and Semicolons

15. Test on Semicolons (a Little, Brown web-based test)


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