Punctuation Exercise (323)

Each of the following sentences contains two independent clauses. Edit them to provide suitable punctuation.

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: The campers looked wet and disheveled for their tents had blown away in the storm.
Correct : The campers looked wet and disheveled, for their tents had blown away in the storm.

Separate independent clauses with a comma when the coordinating conjunction is for.

2.
Original: The projector didn’t work however the speaker gave the lecture without slides.
Correct : The projector didn’t work; however, the speaker gave the lecture without slides.

Separate independent clauses with a semi-colon when using the conjunctive adverb however.

3.
Original: Our newest student is extremely disruptive we may have to send him back to the public school.
Correct : Our newest student is extremely disruptive; we may have to send him back to the public school.

Separate independent clauses with a semi-colon when no coordinating conjunction is used.

4.
Original: I start getting tired in the late afternoon so I try to get my work done before 4:00 p.m.
Correct : I start getting tired in the late afternoon, so I try to get my work done before 4:00 p.m.

Separate independent clauses when a comma when using the coordinating conjunction so.

5.
Original: I’m enjoying our conversation nevertheless I must leave now to pick up my child at school.
Correct : I’m enjoying our conversation; nevertheless, I must leave now to pick up my child at school.

Separate independent clauses with a semi-colon when using the conjunctive adverb nevertheless.

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