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Punctuation: Commas Are Our Friends 156 Show Me the Money I'll bet that you know a lot more than you think about the correct way to use standard punctuation. To prove it, I'm going to ask you to take this simple quiz. In each case, write C if the punctuation is correct or W if the punctuation is incorrect. Answers and explanations follow. Two men (1) ___ , _ sentenced to die in the electric chair on the same day (2) ___ , _ were led to the room in which they would meet their maker. The priest had given the last rites (3) ___ the warden had given the formal speech, and the participants had said a final prayer. The warden, turning to the first man, solemnly asked (4) ___ "Son (5) ___ , _ do you have a last request (6) ___ ?" The man replied, "Yes sir, I do (7) ___ . I love dance music. Could you please play the Chicken Dance for me one last time?" (8) ___ Certainly (9) ___, _ "_ replied the Warden. He turned to the other man and asked, "Well (10) ___, _ what about you, son? What is your final request?" "Please kill me first," replied the other man. Answers 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. C (use a comma to set off nonessential information) C (use a comma to set off nonessential information) W (comma needed to set off introductory clause) W (comma needed before a direct quotation) C (use a comma to set off a word of direct address) C (use a question mark to indicate a question; place it inside the quotation marks)