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Commas 01

This KS2 English quiz takes an initial look at commas. Commas are punctuations marks. Commas work very hard. We use them for so many purposes in English that it's no surprise when people get confused about when they need a comma and when they don't. This quiz is for commas used in lists and commas used after sentence openers.

If you are not sure whether to add a comma in your writing, read the sentence aloud to see if you need to take a breath somewhere - this is usually where a comma is needed.

Have a go at this English quiz and see if you can answer every question correctly.

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  1. Read each sentence and decide where the commas belong.
    In the south-western United States there is very little rainfall.
    Some sentences won't require a comma, but most do!
  2. Read each sentence and decide where the commas belong.
    I bought a new pencil rubber ruler and glue stick.
    This list has four items and takes two commas.
  3. Read each sentence and decide where the commas belong.
    Between March and April five counties were issued with drought warnings.
    Drought means a shortage of water.
  4. Read each sentence and decide where the commas belong.
    By the age of seven she was already an impressive gymnast.
    The comma splits the sentence in two, a phrase 'By the age of seven' followed by a clause 'she was already an impressive gymnast'.
  5. Read each sentence and decide where the commas belong.
    We have two cats a dog and a guinea pig.
    Read the sentence aloud to help you.
  6. Read each sentence and decide where the commas belong.
    My brother's favourite meal is sausages beans and mash.
    This is a simple list of three items and requires just one comma.
  7. Read each sentence and decide where the commas belong.
    Mum asked me to remember the butter the cheese and the bread.
    In simple lists, a comma should separate each item except the two that are joined by 'and'.
  8. Read each sentence and decide where the commas belong.
    On Tuesday we are going to the museum to see the dinosaurs.
    Phrases which give a time, date, or place, such as 'On Tuesday', are followed by a comma (but the comma is not absolutely necessary if the phrase has three words or fewer!).
  9. Read each sentence and decide where the commas belong.
    You can choose swimming cricket or rounders.
    In a list of options such as this one, the 'or' is preceded by a comma.
  10. Read each sentence and decide where the commas belong.
    She lost her bucket her spade and her towel on the way to the beach.
    Many people don't know where to put commas, so play our two quizzes on commas until you feel confident.

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