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Punctuation

This KS2 English quiz takes a look at punctuation. Punctuation includes commas, question marks, full stops and exclamation marks. Punctuating properly is very important if you take care with your punctuation your reader will easily understand what you've written - Wait a minute! That's not right. How about this: Punctuating properly is very important. If you take care with your punctuation, your reader will easily understand what you've written.

When composing a piece of writing, don't forget to read through to make sure you have added punctuation where needed. Otherwise, your teacher will have a hard time reading your work.

Test your punctuation skills with this quiz.

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  1. Correct the punctuation of the following sentence.
    I went to the shop to buy chocolate crisps popcorn and juice
    Commas are used to separate items in a list. The last two items, however, are joined by an 'and' and have no comma.
  2. Correct the punctuation of the following sentence.
    they were determined to see the concert
    Forgetting capital letters and full stops is a very common mistake.
  3. Correct the punctuation of the following sentence.
    Sally who lives next door has just come back from her holiday in Greece
    The clause 'who lives next door' adds extra information about Sally.
  4. Correct the punctuation of the following sentence.
    after three weeks of blazing sunshine we were happy to see the rain
    The phrase 'After three weeks of blazing sunshine' needs a comma to separate it from the main clause 'we were happy to see the rain'.
  5. Correct the punctuation of the following sentence.
    There seemed to be hundreds of ice cream flavours in the end I chose vanilla
    If they are on a related subject, two complete sentences can be joined by a semicolon instead of a connective/conjunction.
  6. Correct the punctuation of the following sentence.
    i didn't really want to go shopping but my mother made me come with her
    Two separate sentences such as 'I didn't really want to go shopping' and 'My mother made me come with her' can be joined by using such words as 'but' or 'yet'. A comma should come before the conjunction in this case.
  7. Correct the punctuation of the following sentence.
    Brendan likes playing football riding his bike and swimming
    Check your work carefully for proper punctuation.
  8. Correct the punctuation of the following sentence.
    the rain which was unexpected completely ruined the picnic
    'The rain completely ruined the picnic' would be a complete sentence. The clause 'which was unexpected' is additional information about the rain and should be set apart with a pair of commas.
  9. Correct the punctuation of the following sentence.
    stop shouted the security guard
    The rules for dialogue are complex - for extra practise, try the Direct Speech quiz.
  10. Correct the punctuation of the following sentence.
    what are you planning for the party
    All sentences need a capital letter at the beginning and either a full stop, question mark or exclamation mark at the end.

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