Coordinate and Noncoordinate Adjectives Exercise (571)

All of the following sentences but one has an extraneous comma between noncoordinate adjectives (those that aren't interchangeable); the other sentence, which includes coordinate adjectives, is correctly punctuated. Delete the punctuation where appropriate.

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: The star attraction was supposed to be the company’s flamboyant, billionaire cofounder.
Correct : The star attraction was supposed to be the company’s flamboyant billionaire cofounder.

2.
Original: Flames engulfed their two-story, brick-and-wood home.
Correct : Flames engulfed their two-story brick-and-wood home.

3.
Original: The steep, narrow, unmaintained trail leads to a beautiful swimming hole.
Correct : The steep, narrow, unmaintained trail leads to a beautiful swimming hole.

This is the only sentence with coordinate adjectives. The commas are correctly used here.

4.
Original: The next update will give Model S sedans a hands-free, auto-steering feature.
Correct : The next update will give Model S sedans a hands-free auto-steering feature.

5.
Original: If the tyrannosaurus is not fearsome enough already, just imagine it as an energetic, intelligent, Big Bird.
Correct : If the tyrannosaurus is not fearsome enough already, just imagine it as an energetic, intelligent Big Bird.

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