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Practice Exercise in Punctuation | English Grammar for Competitive Exams

Practice Exercise in English Idioms, English Grammar for Competitive Exams
Shahzad F. Malik
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In the sentences below insert commas where they are needed, remove them where they are not. Also, beware of errors in the use of semicolons. Some sentences may contain no error.


1. While Bill was riding his bike got a flat tire.
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2. The mailman did not leave the package for Jeff was not at home.
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3. After doing her homework Millie as you might expect talked on the phone for an hour.
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4. His work criticised many commonly held beliefs however and it was strictly censored.
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5. The car, which ran into mine, was a Buick.
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6. Dad went to the airport to pick up Dave and Ellie went to the train station to meet Debbie.
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7. The people who live by the water must be prepared for occasional flooding.
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8. The boat was seventy-five feet long eighteen feet wide and it had a mast about eighty feet high.
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9. To anyone interested in flying planes hold endless fascination.
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10. Jeff and Steve left alone for the weekend invited all their friends to a party.
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11. I need street maps of Boston; and Portland, Maine.
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12. Some of theories dealt with the political social and religious ideas of the time.
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13. Students, who want to try out for the chorus, have been asked to report to room 330.
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14. Doug for example is both a scholar and an athlete.
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15. Monica refused to go, unless Phil went with her.
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16. The author Peter Jenkins walked five thousand miles across the United States.
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17. After all she did for him what she could.
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18. Starting in Minnesota the Mississippi runs all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.
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19. Harold Watkins who comes from Chicago won a full tuition scholarship to Columbia.
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20. Although the characters in the book are stereotypes they were interesting to read about.
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ANSWERS


1. While Bill was riding, his bike got a flat tire.
2. The mailman did not leave the package, for Jeff was not at home.
3. After doing her homework Millie, as you might expect, talked on the phone for an hour.
4. His work criticised many commonly held beliefs, however, and it was strictly censored.
5. Correct.
6. Dad went to the airport to pick up Dave, and Ellie went to the train station to meet Debbie.
7. Correct.
8. The boat was seventy-five feet long, eighteen feet wide, and it had a mast about eighty feet high.
9. To anyone interested in flying, planes hold endless fascination.
10. Jeff and Steve, left alone for the weekend, invited all their friends to a party.
11. I need street maps of Boston and Portland, Maine.
12. Some of theories dealt with the political, social, and religious ideas of the time.
13. Students who want to try out for the chorus have been asked to report to room 330.
14. Doug, for example, is both a scholar and an athlete.
15. Monica refused to go unless Phil went with her.
16. The author, Peter Jenkins, walked five thousand miles across the United States.
17. After all, she did for him what she could.
18. Starting in Minnesota, the Mississippi runs all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.
19. Harold Watkins, who comes from Chicago, won a full tuition scholarship to Columbia.
20. Although the characters in the book are stereotypes, they were interesting to read about.

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