Using Commas to Indicate Pauses or Breaks (Grade 8)

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Using Commas to Indicate Pauses or Breaks

1. 
Where do you insert the commas in the following sentence?

My doctor who I've been seeing since I was born is going to retire.
  1. After "My doctor"
  2. Before "Since I was born"
  3. Around "who I've been since since I was born"
  4. Before "is going to retire"
2. 
Once upon a time, in a faraway land, a princess was locked up in a castle.

The sentence would still make sense if the phrase in commas was removed.
  1. True
  2. False
3. 
Would the sentence below still make sense if the phrase set off by a comma was removed?
If so, write the sentence without the phrase. If not, explain why.

Speaking of plays, has anyone seen the school's production of Romeo and Juliet?



4. 
Would the sentence below still make sense if the phrase set off by a comma was removed?
If so, write the sentence without the phrase. If not, explain why.

Mary was an intelligent, highly capable student.



5. 
The sentence below correctly uses commas to indicate a pause or break.

"Well, now, if I didn't think you sewed his collar with white thread, but it's black."
  1. True
  2. False
6. 
Where would you place the commas to indicate a pause or break in the sentence below?

Within two minutes or even less he had forgotten all his troubles
  1. After "Within two minutes"
  2. Before "all his troubles"
  3. Around "two minutes"
  4. Around "or even less"
7. 
The sentence below uses commas to show a pause or break.

The retired artist sat on a barrel in the shade close by, dangled his legs, munched his apple, and planned the slaughter of more innocents.
  1. True
  2. False
8. 
If you remove the phrase set apart by commas, the sentence below will still make sense.

And when the middle of the afternoon came, from being a poor poverty-stricken boy in the morning, Tom was literally rolling in wealth.
  1. True
  2. False
9. 
Where would you place the comma(s) in the sentence below to indicate a pause or break?

There are wealthy gentlemen in England who drive four-horse passenger-coaches twenty or thirty miles on a daily line in the summer because the privilege costs them considerable money.
  1. Around "in the summer"
  2. Around "twenty or thirty miles on a daily basis"
  3. Before "because the privilege..."
  4. Before "who drive four-horse..."
10. 
So, presently, when his cousin Mary danced in, all alive with the joy of seeing home again after an age-long visit of one week to the country, he got up and moved in clouds and darkness out at one door as she brought song and sunshine in at the other.

Which portions could you remove without losing the meaning?
  1. So
  2. Presently
  3. All alive with the joy of seeing home again after an age-long visit of one week to the country
  4. Both b and c

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