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The Oxford Comma (Grade 8)

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The Oxford Comma

1. 
How does the position of the comma change the meaning of the sentences below?

Mary Ann, Betty Lou, and Frank sat in the boat.

Mary Ann, Betty, Lou, and Frank sat in the boat.

Mary, Ann, Betty, Lou, and Frank sat in the boat.



2. 
How does the position of the comma change the meaning of the sentences below?

This is Tom's father.

This is Tom's, Father.



3. 
How does the position of the comma change the meaning of the sentences below?

My brother Peter and Lee visited us yesterday.

My brother, Peter, and Lee visited us yesterday.



4. 
Insert commas, including the Oxford comma, to make this sentence grammatically correct.

Banks sell coins in rolls: pennies nickels dimes and quarters.



5. 
Insert commas, including the Oxford comma, to make this sentence grammatically correct.

We had coffee cheese and crackers and grapes.



6. 
Insert commas, including the Oxford comma, to make this sentence grammatically correct.

Please put the cups jars and plates in the cabinet.



7. 
Insert commas, including the Oxford comma, to make this sentence grammatically correct.

The young girl saw the mugging screamed loudly and cried about it for days afterword.



8. 
Insert commas, including the Oxford comma, to make this sentence grammatically correct.

In order to win he must run swiftly gracefully and boldly.



9. 
Insert commas, including the Oxford comma, to make this sentence grammatically correct.

She was a woman who knew her strengths who knew how to use her wit and who wasn't afraid to speak her mind.



10. 
Insert commas, including the Oxford comma, to make this sentence grammatically correct.

The triathlete uses running shoes a bicycle and swim goggles.



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