Punctuation Exercise (292)

Edit the following sentences to provide commas where needed.

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: The teen with the gloomy menacing expression wears black every day of the week.
Correct : The teen with the gloomy, menacing expression wears black every day of the week.

The comma goes after gloomy because it is equal in force to menacing.

2.
Original: As he read Anne Frank’s Diary he became aware of the wickedness of government policies that dehumanize a group of people.
Correct : As he read Anne Frank’s Diary, he became aware of the wickedness of government policies that dehumanize a group of people.

The comma sets off an introductory clause.

3.
Original: The Eiffel Tower located at the heart of Paris houses a restaurant with a spectacular view.
Correct : The Eiffel Tower, located at the heart of Paris, houses a restaurant with a spectacular view.

The phrase "located at the heart of Paris" provides nonessential information, so it is set off by commas.

4.
Original: He was as a matter of fact the most obnoxious person there.
Correct : He was, as a matter of fact, the most obnoxious person there.

Parenthetical expressions are set off by commas.

5.
Original: My cat often goes into the cabinet under the bathroom sink and sleeps there.
Correct : My cat often goes into the cabinet under the bathroom sink and sleeps there.

No comma is needed because sleeps shares a subject with goes.

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