Commas: They're Not Just For English Majors Anymore. EXERCISES 1

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The idea here is to "justify" the use of the comma(s) in the sentences below.  So, on a piece of paper write the code (IE, CE, 2IC, CA, NRE) that corresponds to the commas used in the following sentences.

  • The drunken contractor declared that the house had been built properly, so we immediately had the place bulldozed.

  • Clean dorm rooms, according to Newsweek, are considered illegal at UGA. 

  • The closet contained old,1 worn clothes and,2 worse yet, clothes he hadn't worn. 

  • The uninvited bird pranced across our pumpkin pie, but we ate it anyway. 

  • Dr. Seuss's diaries, I argue, reveal the secret horrible meaning behind Green Eggs and Ham. 

  • Running blindfolded through the mine field was exciting, but what happened to Timmy? 

  • We got suspicious when, after washing and grooming our dog, she looked like a cat.

  • Maggie usually just sucks on her pacifier, and I bet she'll never speak.

  • Out of pity for the creatures, who must live in such tight quarters, some zoo animals refuse to let college students who live in dorms view them in their spacious zoo surroundings. 

  • After surviving the dreaded Shake and Bake ordeal, the chicken felt relieved.

  • Snails, which never made good pets anyway, have a great future as a pizza topping. 

  • As a celestial god, he regulated the course of the heavenly bodies while also managing to keep his place on the bowling team. 

  • She reads everything, but understands zip.
  • 2008 Joseph Sigalas

    IE: Introductory Elements

    CE: Contrasting Elements

    2IC: Two Independent Clauses

    CA: Compound or Coordinate Adjectives

    NRE: Non-Restrictive Elements

    A Few Other Situations (quotations, lists, etc.)