Do You Know Your Commas?

You might think you're a grammar know it all, especially when it comes to commas. But are you really a grammar great? Take these 12 questions and find out if you really know your commas!
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Question 1/10

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Which of these sentences contains a comma splice?
On the way over, we ate and drank.
On the way over, we ate, we drank.
On the way over we ate, and drank.
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Question 2/10

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What's an independent clause?
A group of words that refers to nothing
A complete sentence
A phrase that describes a noun
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Question 3/10

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When you surround a word, phrase or clause with commas, what are you typically indicating?
The words cannot be removed without changing the meaning of the sentence
The readers should pause before and after the words in the commas
The words are the most important component of the sentence
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What is a restrictive clause?
An acronym
A predicate that doesn't make sense
A group of words that are essential to the meaning of the sentence
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Question 5/10

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Which of these sentences uses the Oxford comma correctly?
In school, the children sang, read, and counted.
In school, the children sang read and counted.
In school, the children, sang read and counted.
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Question 6/10

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Which of these shows the correct method of writing the "European-style" date?
1 January, 2012
1, January, 2012
1 January 2012
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Question 7/10

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When is it appropriate for "such as" to be followed by a comma?
Any time it precedes a list
Never
Only when it starts a sentence
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Question 8/10

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When using "which" to introduce a descriptive phrase, where will you always use a comma?
After it
Before it
Before and after it
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Question 9/10

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Which of these sentences contains a restrictive clause?
The soap store, and the art store, open at 10 a.m.
The store that sells soap opens at 10 a.m.
The soap store opens at 10 a.m.
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Question 10/10

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Should a name suffix like "Jr." or "II" have a comma before it?
Yes
No
Only if the name is male
Result
You are comma capable! While you're more than capable of mastering basic grammar, you can sometimes get stuck when it comes to comma usage. You know the basics, but can feel a bit overwhelmed when it comes to more complex comma situations. In other words, the Oxford comma is not your friend!

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You are totally comma cool! When it comes to comma usage and basic grammar, you're almost at expert level! We've think you've spent a good amount of time studying the English language and putting that studying to good use!

B+, Comma Cool

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You've got strong comma command! When it comes to commas, you know just about all there is to know. Proper usage never gets you in a tizzy, in fact you welcome every English grammar challenge with open arms. In your opinion, the more difficult the grammar, the better!

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1
Which of these sentences contains a comma splice?
On the way over, we ate and drank.
On the way over, we ate, we drank.
On the way over we ate, and drank.
2
What's an independent clause?
A group of words that refers to nothing
A complete sentence
A phrase that describes a noun
3
When you surround a word, phrase or clause with commas, what are you typically indicating?
The words cannot be removed without changing the meaning of the sentence
The readers should pause before and after the words in the commas
The words are the most important component of the sentence
4
What is a restrictive clause?
An acronym
A predicate that doesn't make sense
A group of words that are essential to the meaning of the sentence
5
Which of these sentences uses the Oxford comma correctly?
In school, the children sang, read, and counted.
In school, the children sang read and counted.
In school, the children, sang read and counted.
6
Which of these shows the correct method of writing the "European-style" date?
1 January, 2012
1, January, 2012
1 January 2012
7
When is it appropriate for "such as" to be followed by a comma?
Any time it precedes a list
Never
Only when it starts a sentence
8
When using "which" to introduce a descriptive phrase, where will you always use a comma?
After it
Before it
Before and after it
9
Which of these sentences contains a restrictive clause?
The soap store, and the art store, open at 10 a.m.
The store that sells soap opens at 10 a.m.
The soap store opens at 10 a.m.
10
Should a name suffix like "Jr." or "II" have a comma before it?
Yes
No
Only if the name is male