Punctuating Modifying Phrases Exercise (537)

In each sentence, introduce punctuation to set a modifying phrase off from the main clause.

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: Jones said she and her husband were now estranged from their daughter having suffered physical and emotional abuse from her.
Correct : Jones said she and her husband were now estranged from their daughter, having suffered physical and emotional abuse from her.

2.
Original: Like many people faced with sudden danger she had gasped forcefully pulling her diaphragm down.
Correct : Like many people faced with sudden danger, she had gasped forcefully, pulling her diaphragm down.

3.
Original: This was perhaps not appropriate given that we cannot thoroughly discuss those data here.
Correct : This was perhaps not appropriate, given that we cannot thoroughly discuss those data here.

4.
Original: The clay is thicker in some locations making them even more prone to sinkholes.
Correct : The clay is thicker in some locations, making them even more prone to sinkholes.

5.
Original: This was not surprising given her injuries.
Correct : This was not surprising, given her injuries.

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