Exercise: Commas 01

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This exercise consists of 10 sentences. Re-type each sentence inserting commas in the correct locations. Print this out when you have finished or follow the directions of your instructor in completing this exercise. A link appears at the end of the sentences that gives an explanation for each sentence.1. Abraham Lincoln was elected to his second term in 1864 but he did not serve out his full term.

2. Claude Monet, the famous impressionist painter lived around the turn of the century.

3. After seeing him lying there the boy ran for help.

4. Three of the nation’s largest circulation newspapers are USA Today the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

5. “She should not have been out that late” the father said.

6. Bill Clinton of Hope, Ark. was elected president in 1992.

7. “Yes I was there when it happened,” the witness said defiantly.

8. She cautioned him to be silent not to speak and not even to breathe.

9. He was born in London, England in 1939 and moved to America two years later.

10. The letter said he would arrive on Nov. 15 1980, but he never was seen again.

When you have finished this exercise, follow the directions of your instructor for printing or saving your work.

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