Commas with Dates and Addresses Exercise (185)

Edit the sentences by adding commas where necessary.

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: You may send a request for the Book Catalog to Tor Books 175 Fifth Avenue New York New York 10010 along with a self-addressed envelope and three first-class stamps.
Correct : You may send a request for the Book Catalog to Tor Books, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10010, along with a self-addressed envelope and three first-class stamps.

If you include a full address in a sentence, place a comma between each part of the address except for the zip code.

2.
Original: We were vacationing in Brazil in March 2008.
Correct : We were vacationing in Brazil in March 2008.

If the date consists of a month and year only, a comma is unnecessary.

3.
Original: The Marquis de Lafayette breathed his last on May 20 at his home in Paris France the same month and year as the death of James Jackson.
Correct : The Marquis de Lafayette breathed his last on May 20 at his home in Paris, France, the same month and year as the death of James Jackson.

If the date consists of a month and year or a month and day only, a comma is unnecessary (e.g., May 20). Place a comma before and after the name of a state when you name a city and state in a sentence.


4.
Original: Charles Summer commented in his journal entry for Saturday January 20 1838 about how well received students of all races were at the Sorbonne.
Correct : Charles Summer commented in his journal entry for Saturday, January 20, 1838, about how well received students of all races were at the Sorbonne.

Items in a full date are set off by commas

5.
Original: The Peace Treaty of Versailles was signed by Germany and the Allied powers on 28 June 1919 at the French palace.
Correct : The Peace Treaty of Versailles was signed by Germany and the Allied powers on 28 June 1919 at the French palace.

No commas are called for in this date because the day precedes the month.

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