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Exercises

1: The following sentence requires a comma, “Bob drives a large yellow van.” True or False?
2: Which sentence contains commas in the correct place?
  1. After the beginning of the year, the new office furniture which is gray and black should arrive.

  2. After the beginning of the year the new office furniture, which is gray and black should arrive.

  3. After the beginning of the year, the new office furniture, which is gray and black, should arrive.

3: Insert commas at the appropriate places in the following paragraph.

When television news started out back in the 1950s it occupied less than a thirty-minute slot. Ten or fifteen minutes would be granted to local stations for their news and then the networks would report the national and world news in the remaining fifteen to twenty minutes. There were very few advertisements during the news; it wasn’t regarded as appropriate to sponsor news about floods and fires and political disasters. Life must have been simpler then. Nowadays many television stations set apart ninety minutes for local news alone and that’s just for the early evening news show. On March 17 1998, we watched a local news show in Hartford for one hour from 5 to 6 p.m. and kept track of what seemed to be really news and what was -- well not news.




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