Lesson 353 – Mechanics – Punctuation – Commas

Use a comma or commas to set off an appositive if not closely tied to the words it equals or identifies. Examples: Larry Millward, my best friend, will speak at the meeting. My brother Ken moved to Hawaii. (closely tied)
Instructions: Place commas where they are needed.
1. Fred James a soldier captured during World War II spoke at the assembly.
2. My sister Elaine died recently.
3. Paul the top student in his class was the valedictorian.
4. Small farming a very important occupation is disappearing.
5. We rode all day on Dot a very old and gentle horse.
–For answers scroll down.

Answers:
1. Fred James, a soldier captured during World War II, spoke at the assembly.
2. My sister Elaine died recently. (It is closely tied, but one could take Elaine as a noun of address if you don’t know her as the sister.)
3. Paul, the top student in his class, was the valedictorian.
4. Small farming, a very important occupation, is disappearing.
5. We rode all day on Dot, a very old and gentle horse.

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