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1

Use apostrophes to contract the boldface words:
-I can not- believe the superhero -was not- able to save the kitten.

I -can't- believe the superhero -wasn't- able to save the kitten.

2

Punctuate the following sentence:
Meanwhile as the monster roared in hunger the billy goats fled as fast as their legs could carry them.

Meanwhile, as the monster roared in hunger, the billy goats fled as fast as their legs could carry them.

3

Does the following sentences need a comma?
We want to go to the movies but Isabelle is refusing to go.

Yes, There should be a comma before -but-.

4

Insert commas where needed:
France England and Scotland are countries in Europe; China Japan and Vietnam are countries in Asia.

France, England, and Scotland are countries in Europe; China Japan and Vietnam are countries in Asia.

France, England and Scotland are countries in Europe; China, Japan and Vietnam are countries in Asia.

5

Insert commas where needed:
Liz just read Madame Bovary The Corrections and The Namesake and is planning to tackle White Noise next.

Liz just read Madame Bovary, The Corrections, -and- The Namesake, -and is planning to tackle- White Noise -next-.
The serial comma before the first -and- is optional.)

6

Insert commas where needed:
When the band came out the fans went insane.

When the band came out, the fans went insane.

7

Insert commas where needed:
Mark visited Paris Praque Venice and Budapest.

Mark visited Paris, Praque, Venice, and Budapest.
If the final item in a list includes -and-, the serial comma may be used or omitted, as long as your usage is consistent.

8

Is a serial comma required in the following sentences?
Remember to buy bread, milk, eggs, and three boxes of macaroni and cheese.

Yes. Without a serial comma, it isn't clear whether you are supposed to purchase three boxes of macaroni as well as some cheese, or three boxes of macaroni and cheese.

9

Insert commas where needed:
Michael Jordan considered by many to be the best basketball player in history played professional baseball for a time.

Michael Jordan, considered by many to be the best basketball player in history, played professional baseball for a time.

10

Are the commas correctly placed in the following sentence?
He really means well, but, despite his good intentions, Mickey is boorish and offensive.

No. The comma after -but- is unnecessary.

11

Insert commas where needed:
Sydney Australia has a famous opera house.

Sydney, Australia, has a famous opera house.

12

Are the punctuation correctly placed in the following sentence?
The gay neighborhood in Washington, D.C., is pretty small.

Yes.

13

Does the following sentence require commas?
my friend Jane manages a billion dollar hedge fund.

No- unless the speaker has only one friend.
My friend, Jane, suggests that Jane is the speaker's only friend.

14

Does the following sentence require commas?
Jane, my wife, is the family breadwinner.

Yes.

15

What is wrong with the following?
August, 2000 was one hot month.

The comma between August and 2000 is not necessary.

16

What is wrong with the following sentence:
Rob said "I refuse to let you dump me."

A comma is missing before the quotation. It should read: Robert said, "I refuse to let you dump me."

17

Punctuate the following sentence:
On this day February 25th 2005 said the spokesman we remember our forefathers

"On this day, February 25th, 2005," said the spokesman, "we remember our forefathers."

18

Insert commas where needed:
"We will rebuild this city" said the mayor but the governor responded "there will be no new taxes."

"We will rebuild this city," said the mayor, but the governor responded, "there will be no new taxes."

19

Insert commas where needed:
Jefferson said that all men are created equal.

None are needed.

20

Insert commas where needed:
The United States of America the nation below Canada is the oldest continuous democratic society in the world although it only declared its independence on July 4 1776.

The United States of America, the nation below Canada, is the oldest continuous democratic society in the world, although it only declared its independence on July 4, 1776.

21

Insert commas where needed:
"I object" the lawyer said "and I insist that the witness stop screaming."

"I object," the lawyer said, "and I insist that the witness stop screaming."

22

What is wrong with the following sentence?
The kids brought their grandma: flowers, chocolate, slippers, and a magazine.

-The kids bought their grandma- is not an independent clause, so it shouldn't be followed by a colon. No punctuation is necessary after -grandma-.

23

What is wrong with the following sentence?
The eight year old girl felt like she was thirteen-years-old.

The hyphen usage is reversed. Eight-year-old needs hyphens; -thirteen years old- does not.

24

What is wrong with the following sentence?
That dimly-lit room gives me the creeps.

A hyphen is not needed between -dimly- and -lit-. It's clear that -dimly- modifies -lit- because of the -ly ending.

25

Punctuate the following sentence:
On my tenth birthday (were you there) the cake was spoiled.

On my tenth birthday (were you there?), the cake was spoiled.

26

Is the following sentence punctuated correctly?
My teacher said that "our pop quiz would be impossible."

No. Indirect quotes do not need quotation marks.

27

Combine the following two sentences using a semicolon:
I'm a Red Sox fan. In fact, I'm practically a Red Sox fanatic.

I'm a Red Sox fan; in fact, I'm practically a Red Sox fanatic.

28

Is the following sentence punctuated correctly?
The history of mankind has been a history of conflict; but that does not mean war is inevitable.

No. When a semicolon joins two independent clauses, conjunctions (in this case, -but-) should not be used.

29

Fix the incorrect compound words:
John hit a base ball into his neighbor's back-yard and ran half way to thirdbase before he was tagged out.

John hit a baseball into his neighbor's back-yard and ran half way to third base before he was tagged out.

30

Insert commas where needed:
The little old lady crossed the street.

None are needed.